Following a string of other expansions this year, Facebook has moved to set up its latest outpost in Singapore. The company has registered its name, rented offices and listed a half-dozen positions with the intention of of opening the office this summer, according to Channel NewsAsia.
The new positions will be in sales and business development, suggesting that Facebook may have settled on the city-state to support its growing user base in nearby countries like Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, all of which are among the ten fastest growers according to our March statistics.
Singapore also looks like a strategic choice accounting for the satellite office that Facebook anounced it would be opening in Hyderabad, India in mid-March. Taken together, the two offices should be able to serve most of the rapidly-growing audience in Asia, while the fairly cosmopolitan cities that Facebook has chosen should help it find multi-lingual staff. The report says that Facebook currently has six local job listings, “largely in business and sales develoment;” it cites a local publication’s source suggesting that Facebook will begin Singapore operations in ” the middle of the year.”
For the moment, hiring local developers doesn’t seem to be on Facebook’s slate, although it recently bought Malaysia-based contact importer Octazen, whose two employees continue to work from that country.
The initial number of people Facebook is hiring for the entire Asian region is probably pretty small, but the social network may find reason to expand it soon. The current Facebook audience of about 85 million people in the region may quadruple by next year, according to our Global Monitor stats (we’ll be covering Asia again next Tuesday).
Other recent expansions for Facebook include a larger European advertising presence, the purchase of a second building near its headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., and the opening of a new 200-person office in Austin, Tex.