Microsoft to Invest $2.2 Bn in Malaysia’s Cloud and AI Infrastructure

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadela
Microsoft CEO Satya NadelaSource: Microsoft

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadela recently announced $2.2 billion in investments to advance Malaysia’s cloud and AI infrastructure. It is reportedly the biggest investment made by the company in its 32-year history, to be executed over four years.

The key areas of investments include:

  1. Building digital infrastructure

  2. Creating AI skilling opportunities for 200,000 Malaysians

  3. Establishing national AI center of Excellence in partnership with Malaysian Digital Ministry

  4. Enhancing the country’s cybersecurity capabilities

  5. Empowering developers to become AI subject matter experts through new initiatives such as AI Odyssey

“We are committed to supporting Malaysia’s AI transformation and ensure it benefits all Malaysians,” said Nadella. “Our investments in digital infrastructure and skilling will help Malaysian businesses, communities, and developers apply the latest technology to drive inclusive economic growth and innovation across the country.”

Supporting the CEO, YB Senator Tengku Datuk Seri Utama Zafrul Abdul Aziz, Malaysia’s Minister of Investment, Trade, and Industry, said, “Microsoft’s development of essential cloud and AI infrastructure, together with AI skilling opportunities, will significantly enhance Malaysia’s digital capacity and further elevate our position in the global tech landscape. Together with Microsoft, we look forward to creating more opportunities for our SMEs and better-paying jobs for our people as we ride the AI revolution to fast-track Malaysia’s digitally empowered growth journey.”

Microsoft's investment in digital infrastructure builds upon its “Bersama Malaysia” initiative, launched in April 2021 to boost inclusive economic growth. The company had earlier announced plans to establish its first datacenter region in the country as part of this initiative.

The promised investment aims to meet the increasing demand for cloud computing services in Malaysia. Moreover, it positions Malaysia to take advantage of the significant economic and productivity benefits offered by advanced AI technology.

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