Amazon Web Services (AWS) has unveiled plans to invest $5 billion in Thailand, where it says it will also set up a new cloud region. The 15-year investment roadmap will include support for the ASEAN country’s start-up startups and upskilling efforts.
The new Bangkok Capital Cloud Region will include three Availability Zones and mark its first such installation in Thailand. AWS currently operates 10 regions in Asia Pacific, including Singapore, Australia, Indonesia, Japan, India, and South Korea.
AWS did not offer a timeline on when the Bangkok region would be operational. It currently has 10 CloudFront edge points in the Thai city, which are part of its global content delivery network.
The cloud provider’s customer base in Thailand includes PTT Global Public Company, CP All, Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University and The Stock Exchange of Thailand.
In a statement on Tuesday, AWS said its $5 billion (190 billion baht) investment will be spread over 15 years and used to drive local cloud adoption and refinement efforts.
The vendor said it has run several training programs in Thailand, including AWS Academy and AWS re/Start, and eight local colleges have incorporated its Academy courses into their respective curriculum.
AWS added that it would work with Thailand’s Ministry of Digital Economy and Society to develop a skills development plan, which would include providing on-demand digital courses and support to train more than 1,200 employees with cloud skills. This would also include training events for government employees to develop skills relevant to implementing cloud technologies.
Its investment would further support early-stage startups through the AWS Activate program, the provider said, adding that the initiative offers expertise, technical support and business mentorship. Startups could also leverage up to $100,000 in AWS Service Credits under the program.
AWS added that it is currently working with local venture capital firms, startup accelerators and incubators to drive the growth of cloud startups. These partnerships included AIS acceleration organizations The Startup and Stormbreaker.
Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand and Minister of Energy Supattanapong Punmeechaow said, “AWS’s plan to build data centers in Thailand is an important step that will bring advanced cloud computing services to more organizations. and will help us achieve our Thailand 4.0 ambition of creating digitized value. based on economy.
AWS Vice President of Infrastructure Services Prasad Kalyanaraman said local businesses would be able to leverage various AWS technologies in the new region, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, analytics data and the Internet of Things. “With these new tools, AWS enables governments to better engage with citizens, businesses to innovate for their next phase of growth, and entrepreneurs to build businesses and compete globally,” said Kalyanaraman. .