Chinese operators invest in cloud computing parks

Chinese operators China Mobile and China Unicom have both begun constructing their own cloud computing parks in the country’s Guizhou Province, according to state news agency Xinhua.

The two operators will invest a combined total of ¥7bn ($1.15bn) into the parks, which will be based in the Gui’an new area.

China Unicom will invest ¥7bn in its park, while China Unicom will invest ¥2bn. The Gui’an new area is one of five key new areas cited in the country’s five-year plan for 2011-2015 to promote development in western regions.

China’s third operator, China Telecom, announced plans in October to construct its own cloud computing park in the same area. The firm opened a cloud computing datacentre in Inner Mongolia in July this year as part of a ¥17.5bn (£1.8bn) investment in the technology.

China Mobile has 747 million subscribers as of September 2013, according to Informa’s WCIS, which dwarfs China Unicom’s 268 million subscribers and China Telecom’s 177.7 million subscribers.

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