AUSTRALIA’S biggest technology companies are taking their time to see if their ambitious plans for their expansion plans in Australia will pay off.
Key points:Google and Facebook have already begun the process of expanding to AustraliaThe ABC is reporting that Facebook has applied for a visa to join its Australian operationsGoogle has also applied for one in its US operationsThe move could potentially pave the way for the company to take full control of its Australian presence.
Google has already begun a process of expansion to Australia, while Facebook has been in talks with the Federal Government for several months.
Facebook has also been in discussions with the Australian Government about expanding its presence.
“The Federal Government has indicated that it wants to work with Google in Australia to make sure our Australian workforce is fully equipped to compete and succeed,” a Facebook spokesperson said.
“Facebook is currently negotiating with the Government on the potential for us to expand into Australian cities, and has applied to join our Australian operations.”
Google’s US operations have been in negotiations with the State of Texas and the Federal Communications Commission for several years.AUSTRALIAN ACCESS to INTERNET Google and Facebook’s operations are located in the United States, but are already available to Australian users.
The US Federal Communications Agency (FCC) is currently in talks to enter into an agreement with Google and to make the Internet available in Australia.
“Google and the Australian government have made clear their commitment to working together to make it easier for Australians to access the internet,” a spokesperson for Google told the ABC.
“As we work with our Australian partners to ensure we can continue to deliver the world-class search experience, we’ll continue to update this section when more information becomes available.”AUSTRACHE ACCESS TO INTERNET Facebook has also said it has begun the work to expand its Australian operation, with a spokesperson saying the company is also “actively working to secure Australian access to its services”.
“We’ve already begun to explore opportunities to provide internet access to our Australian users through our new Google Fiber network in the coming months,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
“We’re already in discussions to extend the fibre network to other areas of the country, and are in the process at this stage of planning a major expansion into Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.”
Mr Zuckerberg also announced on Thursday that Facebook had received a new “special access” visa, which gives its Australian employees access to a special range of internet services.
The move is likely to come as a boost to Facebook’s Australian operations, which have been under scrutiny after its former CEO and co-founder, Sheryl Sandberg, said her company would “take on” all the responsibilities of a “global” company if it was to grow.
The company has been under fire since it was revealed in April that it had paid a $1.3 billion investment from Google to buy Instagram, and its board members have previously said that the acquisition would give the company greater flexibility in how it runs its operations.
In a statement, Facebook said the move to expand operations into Australia was “part of a strategic plan to enable us to make Facebook a more global company that’s more inclusive and inclusive for everyone”.
“The move to expanding into Australia represents a significant milestone for Facebook and for Australian users, who have been waiting for years to see the benefits of expanding the internet in Australia,” the statement said.