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ZOOM’s new data centre in Singapore means more jobs

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Zoom Video Communications has opened a data centre in Singapore, its first Southeast Asian facility.

Its head of international, Abe Smith, revealed the news to Bloomberg during a virtual briefing on Tuesday. The company worked with Singapore’s Economic Development Board in setting up the new data centre.

The company also plans to hire more Singapore employees, said Abe Smith, head of international at Zoom.

The company’s current hiring priorities include positions in the enterprise, financial services, public sector, major accounts, sales, engineering, customer success, tax, legal, human resources and professional services, said the spokesperson.

“Zoom is constantly striving to bring better services and experiences to our paid and free users, and they are keen to ensure that the Singapore office brings together a diverse and talented team, who are savvy enough to navigate the diverse Southeast Asian region.” said the spokesperson.

Use of the conferencing platform has skyrocketed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But the company also came under scrutiny over privacy and security issues. Zoom encryption keys were coming in from its servers in China.

The company explained that this took place in extremely limited circumstances. It had since taken its mainland China data centres off an approved list of back-ups for users outside China. Paying customers would also be able to whitelist and blacklist data centre regions themselves.

Since January, the company has seen a 65-fold increase in users of its free services in Singapore, with a tripling of paying customers. Some 400 schools have been using the platform since the Circuit Breaker.

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