Google has announced the launch of asia-northeast1, it’s latest Japan-based cloud region. The extension will involve the establishment of additional data centres in Tokyo, and will leverage the undersea cable connectivity provided by the company’s FASTER and PLCN submarine lines.

The Google Cloud Platform (GCP) was already fastened into the Asia-Pacific region, but the new builds announced this week will double the company’s current Asian coverage, resulting in six zones total.

Google’s announcement regarding the launch of asia-northeast1 means high availability and low latency for Google’s customers in the region. New or additional builds are also planned for Sydney, Singapore, and Mumbai in 2017.

gcpThe report claims that customers in cities such as Sapporo, Nagoya, Tokyo enjoy 50-85% lower latency when served from the Tokyo region, by comparison with Taiwan. All of Google’s base networking services will be available in Tokyo, including Google Container Engine, Google Cloud Storage, Google App Engine Standard Environment, Google Cloud Persistent Disk – and Google Compute Engine.

GCP operates on the same infrastructure as outings such as Google Search and YouTube, and has been developing consistently since the preview launch of Google App Engine in 2008.

Varun Sakalkar of Google Cloud Platform and GCP Product Manager Dave Stiver wrote in the release:

‘In the last few years, GCP has grown to serve a diverse set of customers from mobile gaming studios to traditional enterprises, all of whom depend on our cloud regions and network to reach their customers across Asia and beyond. We look forward to welcoming businesses to the Tokyo region and are excited to see what they build with our platform.’

Google’s Taiwan data centre in Changhua County represents a $600 million investment in Asia, and uses an energy-conserving night-time water cooling system. The plant received an additional $66 million of investment in 2015.

In September Google extended the reach of FASTER by laying a 26tbps link between Taiwan and Japan.

At the beginning of November storage-as-a-service (STaaS) provider Zadara Storage added support for GCP for its cloud, hybrid and on-premises offerings.