Chinese ByteDance-owned popular short-video app TikTok is planning to open its first European data centre in Ireland, the company said in a statement. For this, the short-video app is looking to invest around 420 million euros (approx. $499 million).
Interestingly, this development comes when this popular app facing serious national security-related allegation from Trump administration and also is in talks with Microsoft to sell its U.S. operations including three other countries.
Notably, U.S. President Donald Trump already cleared that the U.S. will ban the TikTok on Sept. 15 if there was no sale.
As per the company, global chief information security officer, Roland Cloutier’s blogpost, this proposed data centre in Ireland will create hundreds of new jobs and also enable faster loading time and safely store European user data.
“This data centre clearly indicated our long-term commitment to Ireland and we expect the data centre to open and be operational by early 2022,” he added further.
Meantime, it becomes more interesting as Ireland is one of Europe’s biggest hubs for data centres, which already includes the hosting operations for the world’s major tech giants like Amazon, Facebook and Google.
Reports also suggest that TikTok’s parent company ByteDance is considering moving its headquarters overseas (possibly London) outside China.