Google to move into Tpark for AI development

07/06/2019 05:08 PM
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Taipei, July 6 (CNA) U.S.-based tech giant Google, Inc. is scheduled to move into the Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park (Tpark) in New Taipei in early 2020, textile maker Far Eastern New Century Corp., the developer of Tpark, said Saturday.

Far Eastern, a flagship entity of the conglomerate Far Eastern Group, said Google has signed a lease to rent one of the two major buildings in the second phase of Tpark in early 2020 as space for the U.S. institution for research and development of artificial intelligence (AI).

Far EasTone Telecommunications Co., a telecom service arm of the conglomerate, will occupy other building of Tpart's second phase to provide Internet data center services, the developer said. The phase of the tech park covers 5,000 pings (one ping equals 3.3 square meters).

Both Google and Far EasTone are expected to create about 2,000 new jobs in the local market after they start operations in Tpark, Far Eastern said.

Far Eastern said that after Google moves into Tpark, the U.S. firm is expected to make more efforts to push for an "Intelligent Taiwan" project, which aims to use Taiwan as a base for the company to develop AI technology.

The Intelligent Taiwan project, which was officially unveiled in March last year, has reached its goal of cultivating more than 5,000 individuals trained in AI and over 50,000 digital marketers in 2018.

Far Eastern said the Google presence in Tpark is expected to lead the U.S. firm to team up with local innovations and cloud technology-based firms nearby to facilitate its R&D efforts in AI development.

According to Far Eastern, the first phase of Tpark, which opened in 2010, currently houses various tech firms, including Inc., a heavyweight U.S. e-commerce operator.

After moving into Tpark, Amazon has teamed up with the New Taipei City government, with the goal of setting up a joint innovation center for Amazon Web Services (AWS), which offers reliable, scalable and inexpensive cloud computing services in the city.

Far Eastern, one of the major landlords in Taiwan, said that after the completion of the second phase of Tpark, an increase in employment in the park is expected to boost demand for housing, so the developer has also launched a residential property project to build a 27-floor residential building to meet future demand.

(By Wei Shu and Frances Huang)


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