Alibaba is reportedly planning to develop a data center near the Turkish capital Ankara.
The Daily Sabah reports Alibaba President Michael Evan said the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba plans to invest more than $1 billion in the country, officially known as the Republic of Türkiye.
“There is a great production power in Türkiye, which is the most advantageous country in the world in this sense,” he said during a visit to Turkuvaz Media Group in Istanbul.
According to Reuters, the investment plan includes a logistics hub at Istanbul Airport and a data center outside Ankara in Temelli.
Details on potential specifications or timelines of the data center were not shared.
None of the major US cloud providers have regions in Türkiye, which has a relatively small data center market. Equinix operates one facility in Istanbul it acquired from Zenium in 2017, while Telehouse also operates a facility there in partnership with Teknotel. There are also several local players including Glasshouse and TekNet. Last year Turkcell opened a new data center in Tekirdağ. DAMAC-backed Edgnex reportedly also has a project in the country.