In eight days, the American internet giant has announced the construction of nine facilities with many more potentially on the cards.

Google has announced the construction of three data centres in Osaka, Japan, brining the total number of facilities announced since February 1, 2018, to nine.

The fierce expansion comes as the company’s cloud services continue to experience strong demand across the world, forcing the addition of the sites in Osaka as well as in Belgium and in the US, where five buildings will be erected.

Additionally, reports out this month suggested Google’s parent company Alphabet to be in close conversations with Saudi Arabian oil company Aramco to aid in the construction of several data centres in the kingdom.

And in Sweden, work has begun to clear 40 acres of the 190-acre piece of land Google acquired in October 2017 in Avesta.

In a statement, the local municipality explained: “As part of preparing the Horndal Industrial Zone for development there will be several noticeable activities occurring on or around the zone over the next 6-18 months, this includes logging and felling of trees on a portion of the site, as well as infrastructure works for the connection of utilities.

“This does not mean that a decision to begin development of the site has been taken, but the works are the next step in enabling that decision to be made.”

Google was not immediately available for comment.

Back in Japan, the new Osaka infrastructures will become Google’s second cloud region in the country and the seventh in APAC, with Hong Kong set to open soon as its sixth region.

The Osaka investment is expected to be finalised and operation in 2019 “and it will make it easier for Japanese companies to build highly available, performant applications,” said Shinichi Abe, Managing Director, Google Cloud Japan, in a blog post.

He continued: “Osaka is a large port city and a leading commercial centre, and will be our seventh region in Asia Pacific, joining our future region in Hong Kong, and existing regions in Mumbai, Sydney, Singapore, Taiwan and Tokyo. Overall, the Osaka region brings the total number of existing and announced GCP regions around the world to 19—with more to come!

“[With the Osaka region] customers will benefit from lower latency for their cloud-based workloads and data. The region is also designed for high availability, launching with three zones to protect against service disruptions.”

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