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Google Describes Infrastructure Investment in Brazil, Announces New Office

SAO PAULO, June 14 (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) Google Cloud said on Tuesday it has invested 1.6 billion reais ($312.65 million) in technical infrastructure since 2017 in Brazil, as well as in the opening of a new office and an engineering center in the country.

Investments in Google Cloud were aimed at “helping enterprise customers diversify their service portfolios, expand their digital capabilities, and generate new business,” the company said at the Google for Brazil event in Sao Paulo. , the financial capital of the country.

“During this period (of five years), an amount of 1.6 billion reais was allocated to improve the technical infrastructure of Google Cloud in Brazil. »

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Google also announced the opening of a new engineering center in Sao Paulo and a new Google Cloud office in 2023.

In January, Google announced that it was set to hire 200 engineers in Brazil this year as it seeks to strengthen its privacy, security and anti-abuse content technologies. read more

The 2023 hiring surge would double the current number of engineers working in Latin America’s largest country with a focus on ‘local talent’ who could create products not just for Brazil, but for the world .

“The investment (in a new engineering center) is another step in Google’s plan to expand its engineering operations in Brazil. … This will be the company’s second engineering center in the country,” said Google, which has had offices in Belo Horizonte since 2006.

Google’s investment plans will toughen competition between Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services, which already has operations in Brazil and announced in 2020 an investment of 1 billion reais ($195.40 million) in data centers. given in Sao Paulo. read more

In February, the Brazilian Space Agency signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN.O) cloud network unit to foster the long-term development of the country’s space program.

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Reporting by Steven Grattan
Edited by Bernadette Baum

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