GDS, SDIC, China Unicom and China Telecom partner to develop upcoming data centre markets

GDS has entered into a non-binding agreement with China Unicom, China Telecom and SDIC to jointly develop data centres in selected upcoming markets in China.

GDS Holdings Limited (GD), a developer, operator of high-performance data centres in China was represented by William Huang chairman at the signing ceremony in Beijing. Chairman Huisheng Wang, representing the State Development Investment Corporation (SDIC), the largest state-owned investment holding company in China, while China Unicom and China Telecom were represented by its chairman’s Xiaochu Wang and Jie Yang respectively.

“We are honoured to participate in this LoI [letter of intent] with these leading state-owned enterprises. As the only private sector company in the consortium, our participation [is] evidence [of] the expertise and market leadership we’ve established over our 17-year operating history,” said Huang.

The agreement signed by all parties is a letter of intent representing the shared demand held by the four companies for large-scale data centre infrastructure and services in selected upcoming markets beyond the core markets. A demand driven by the growth of the Chinese digital economy.

In November, figures by Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) found that data figures mobile data traffic in China had risen by 148% year-on-year. Traffic grew to an average of 2.25GB per subscriber a month, while total mobile call minutes fell 4.5% year-on-year said C114.net.

A pilot project is to be launched in the Tianjin market but the specific details of such are subject to further legal negotiation.

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Global Switch teams with China Telecom to launch $640m data center

China Telecom and Daily Tech have partnered with Global Switch to launch a new HK$5 billion ($640 million) data center in Hong Kong.

The new facility will be one of Hong Kong’s largest carrier and cloud neutral multi-customer data centers, according to Global Switch, offering low latency connectivity in a network dense environment.

The data center will be located in Tseung Kwan O (TKO) Industrial Estate, part of the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park development. It will provide 71,000 square meters of space with 100MVA power supply, and will sit adjacent to the TKO cable landing station.

The data center will deliver a cloud and IT ecosystem for the region, offering access to a variety of products, services and features, including: resilient power and cooling solutions; colocation services, networking services (internet, MPLS, IEPL, CDN and cross-connect services); biometric security, network security services including anti-DDoS; and supporting services.

Deng Xiaofeng, CEO of China Telecom Global, said: “CTG is focused on leading the development of world-class network services to facilitate our customers’ demands for globalization and digitalization.

“We see tremendous business potential in the coming years as more and more people will be connected to the Internet. Leveraging our cooperation partners’ complementary strengths and strategic collaboration, we will continue to provide high-value services to build a brighter future for globalization and informatization.”

The data center is also near the Hong Kong Stock Exchange hosting facility, and will offer customers a hub for growth and a gateway into one of Asia’s most dynamic regions, Global Switch said.

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China Telecom Americas Unveils Plan to Boost Data Center Capacity and Content Delivery

HERNDON, Va., July 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — China Telecom (CT) is pleased to announce new projects that will expand the company’s data center capacity in Hong Kong, as well as its points of presence (PoP) network across North America.

The Tseung Kwan O data center is currently under construction in Hong Kong. CT will build, operate and manage colocation areas for two of the new buildings, which are due to come on-stream in Q4 2017.

CT has also expanded its Shatin data center in Hong Kong with the addition of one new floor for increased server capacity. It opened to the market in April 2017.

Meanwhile, China Telecom Americas (CTA) has widened its network coverage in North America with three new PoPs: one at Viawest’s Hillsboro, Oregon, data center, another at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME Group) Facility in Aurora, Illinois, and a third at Cologix’s Montreal, Quebec, facility.

These moves come as 35 percent of enterprises in data-heavy industries are predicted to embrace formal data center organization and governance by 2018, with the digital transformation economy increasingly demanding isolated, lights-out server rooms.

And rapidly maturing, next-generation technology such as cognitive artificial intelligence, machine learning, adaptive security architecture and blockchain ledgers are set to drive further investment in flexible data center and content delivery solutions.

CT’s network expansion will therefore bolster its trans-Pacific proposition to ensure it stays ahead of bandwidth demand by offering customers hosting solutions and direct connectivity to ChinaNet, China’s largest internet backbone, and CN2, China Telecom’s next-generation MPLS network.

“China Telecom is proud to be enhancing its Hong Kong data center portfolio with the expansion of its best-in-class Shatin facility and the addition of a new site at Tseung Kwan O in partnership with Global Switch,” says CTA President Joe Han. “Equally, we look forward to China Telecom Americas’ points of presence in Oregon and Illinois playing a key role in our North American data transmission and end-to-end network services.”

He adds: “Our customers are innovators, who rely on our network solutions to help their businesses grow. China Telecom’s latest investment in Hong Kong data centers and North America points of presence means our customers can expect reliable, low-latency, worldwide connectivity. This will enable them to deploy applications fast and flexibly.”

China Telecom Enlarges Its Data Center Footprint

The announcement of CT’s added capacity in Hong Kong follows a cooperation agreement signed in April by CT, Global Switch, a leading developer of large-scale, carrier- and cloud-neutral data centers around the world, and Daily-Tech, a developer and operator of data center infrastructure throughout China.

The arrangement means CT can tap into Global Switch’s extensive data center capacity outside mainland China. This includes Global Switch’s Tseung Kwan O data center in Hong Kong, which is currently being built. Global Switch owns the five-building site; CT will develop and manage colocation areas for two of the buildings.

With a total building area of 45,000 square meters and power capacity of up to 70 mega-volt amps (MVA), Tseung Kwan O promises a number of advantages, including:

  • Tier 3 status: also providing access to local and international Tier 1 and Tier 2 carriers
  • Cloud and carrier neutrality: giving enterprises a choice of hosting, infrastructure and connectivity services
  • Connectivity to three submarine cables: the Asia-Pacific Gateway, Asia Submarine-cable Express and East Asia Crossing lines will all land in the adjacent Tseung Kwan O cable station
  • Direct links to Hong Kong’s financial hub: easy access to the nearby Hong Kong stock exchange; HKEX colocation facility occupies the same industrial complex
  • Low carbon footprint: targeting LEED Gold and BEAM PLUS Gold ratings for long-term energy efficiency

Strengthening North American PoPs
CTA’s network of PoP servers brings data closer to end users and cuts round-trip time to speed up content delivery and data transmission rates. Three new PoPs will ensure that North American businesses can provide faster, more reliable delivery in China and beyond.

The Hillsboro, Oregon, PoP will feature:

  • 2(N+1) redundancy: ensuring comprehensive back-up power cover
  • Diverse connectivity: extensive Cloud and Carrier Interconnections
  • No city or state taxes: lowering the cost of colocation

The Aurora, Illinois, PoP promises:

  • High-speed access: to major APAC financial centers in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and beyond.
  • One-stop shop: for low-latency global connectivity

The Montreal data center offers:

  • A robust cloud ecosystem: including private connections that circumvent the public internet
  • Access to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute: giving optimized speed and scalable connectivity

About China Telecom Americas

China Telecom Americas is a wholly-owned US-based subsidiary of China Telecom Corporation, one of the world’s leading providers of integrated communications and information technology services to customers in over 70 countries around the globe. With headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, and offices in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, San Jose, Toronto and Sao Paolo, China Telecom Americas is advancing transpacific enterprise connectivity through a suite of locally-based, turnkey services from network architecture, cloud and data center services to equipment management, security, content delivery, mobility solutions and more.

Contact Information 

For more information please contact:
Ryan Oklewicz
(703) 787-0088
press@ctamericas.com

China Data Center Trends and Future Outlook

According to a report by market research firm Technavio, the data center market in China is expected to post exponential growth over the next five years, with a CAGR on capex revenue of around 13 percent between 2016 and 2020.

Much of this growth has come from widespread adoption of data centers by government agencies during the last decade, says the report. In addition, major government investment in data center advances, targeted at stimulating the country’s digital economy, is boosting the adoption of cloud services, big data and IoT.

So what are the top data center trends in China, and how are they poised to shape the country’s digital future?

Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)

Data center operators are constantly searching for ways to utilize floor space, electricity and equipment more efficiently. They are being helped in this quest by the latest generation of DCIM tools, which can monitor and manage the operations of both the facility’s support functions – such as air conditioning and PDUs – and its IT equipment, such as servers and network switches.

These DCIM tools can also provide colocation customers with transparency into their data center’s operations, for a single, holistic point of view into the status of their IT infrastructure. As part of its IT Infrastructure Management capability, China Telecom offers various key DCIM services, including 24/7/365 proactive monitoring, operation management and system optimization.

The Converged Data Center

Rather than managing their storage, CPU and virtualization in separate silos, an increasing number of data center service providers are graduating towards a more converged IT infrastructure which can utilize off-the-shelf appliances, all managed by a single software stack. The objective? To reduce overall operational complexity, while increasing flexibility, scaling and efficiency. According to recent figures by 451 Research, 40 percent of organizations are already using this type of architecture to some degree – a number that is likely to rise as more enterprises abandon traditional stand-alone servers in favor of cloud apps and colocation services.

Improved Content Delivery Networks

CDN site acceleration can be a key differentiator for ISPs that want to offer more responsive web hosting services in China. By serving static assets from the network edge, CDNs are also now improving user experience and reliability for a wide range of industry verticals and technologies, including ecommerce, finance, media/publishing, SaaS and mobile apps. China Telecom’s CDN network includes more than 60 CDN cache nodes in mainland China alone, accelerating the delivery of websites, downloads and streaming data.

Demand for faster, more stable broadband connections will only increase in China as companies look to extend their presence and provide better quality and cybersecurity. The hyperconverged CDN data center is likely to be a core enabler, offering advanced support for on-demand streaming, live broadcasts and adaptive streaming media over HTTP. Further down the line, it’s possible that individual mobile devices, communicating via P2P-style networks, will function as CDN “micro” nodes to ease data center workloads.

Hyperscale Data Center Partnerships 

The huge resource needs of applications such as big data, IoT, social networks and IaaS are leading to growing demand for hyperscale data center architectures. These allow users to seamlessly add on-demand computing resources from any location. Another key driver is the need for customers to continue to receive quality and secure data center infrastructure, facilities and services as they expand internationally.

In order to meet these demands, it’s expected that more data center providers will enter into strategic partnerships to provide international customers with large-scale, carrier-and-cloud neutral, multi-tenant data center products. A prime example of this is the recent co-operation framework agreement struck between China Telecom, Daily-Tech and Global Switch.

Although the U.S. still accounts for 45 percent of the world’s major cloud and internet data centers, China leads the world in internet consumption, with 710 million people online, according to a recent report by CNNIC (China’s Internet Network Information Center). As demand for cloud computing and other data services continues to grow in China, advances in data center technology can be expected to play a key role in both the int­­­egration of these technologies with modern manufacturing, and China’s gradual transition to a service economy.

China Telecom, Daily-Tech and Global Switch Sign Game-Changing Agreement for Data Center Industry

HONG KONG, CHINA–(Marketwired – Apr 25, 2017) –  A game-changing co-operation framework agreement focused on data centre construction has been signed by China Telecom, one of the world’s largest providers of integrated telecommunication services, Global Switch, the leading owner, developer and operator of large-scale, carrier and cloud neutral data centres in Europe and Asia Pacific, and Daily-Tech, a developer and operator of data centre infrastructure across China.

The agreement enables China Telecom and its partner Daily-Tech to draw on Global Switch’s already significant data centre capacity, services, development and management expertise outside China, ensuring their growing customer base continues to receive world-leading, resilient and mission critical data centre infrastructure, facilities and services as they expand into global markets.

Global Switch currently operates 10 data centres in key connectivity hubs across Europe and Asia Pacific, providing around 300,000 square metres of state of the art technical space. It currently has operations in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Paris, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.

Under the terms of the agreement, the trio of businesses will enter into various co-operation arrangements with respect to data centre facilities, including: collaboration in developing new markets, adding to Global Switch’s international footprint and capacity; joint marketing of services; one-stop service and system access; as well as data centre, network and systems integration services.

For all of the companies involved, this agreement provides a transformative platform from which to drive ongoing growth and expansion. China Telecom (CT) and Daily-Tech are boosting their competitiveness by ensuring secure and quality data centre capacity for customers on an international scale, while Global Switch has an opportunity to support and help grow CT’s extensive customer base worldwide, but remains a large-scale, carrier and cloud neutral, multi-tenant data centre provider.

The global and substantive nature of the arrangement also reaffirms a commitment from three leading and experienced businesses, to play an important role in delivering China’s Belt and Road initiative, by underpinning the international expansion of Chinese companies.

The agreement was officially signed in Hong Kong on 25 April 2017 in a ceremony attended by: Deng Xiaofeng, Chief Executive Officer of China Telecom Global; Li Qiang, Chief Executive Officer of Daily-Tech; and, John Corcoran, Chief Executive Officer of Global Switch. Simon and David Reuben, Directors and long-term core shareholders in Global Switch, were also present at the ceremony, reflecting the importance of the occasion for customers, the three businesses, and the wider data centre industry.

The terms of this framework agreement clearly establish the co-operation intentions of the three companies involved. Going forward, each business will negotiate the appropriate details and form of co-operation for specific agreements that they enter into.

At the signing ceremony, Deng Xiaofeng, Chief Executive Officer of China Telecom Global, said: “We are delighted to enter into this worldwide relationship with two of the data centre industry’s leading providers. This pioneering and important agreement will ensure our customers receive quality and secure data centre infrastructure, facilities and services as they expand internationally, as well as boosting CTG’s competitiveness in new markets. We are also pleased to be taking another significant step forward in delivering against the objectives of China’s Belt and Road initiative.”

Li Qiang, Chief Executive Officer of Daily-Tech, added: “This is an innovative, enabling and global cooperation agreement between three large-scale businesses with significant experience. It will offer new and secure growth opportunities to our strategic customers, and reaffirms our collaborative approach towards overseas expansion, by finding and sharing opportunities with mutual benefits. Ultimately, we aspire to serve more Chinese and international customers by working together.”

John Corcoran, Chief Executive Officer of Global Switch, said: “The signing of this agreement is a testament to Global Switch’s considerable strength, experience and reliability as an international, large-scale, carrier and cloud neutral data centre owner, developer and operator. It represents another core building block in our future growth strategy, and is a further demonstration of the springboard and connectivity we can offer to companies seeking to expand within a secure, professionally managed and world class environment.”

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China Telecom Global Selects the Djibouti Data Center (DDC) as a Strategic Hub for Pan-African Expansion

Located in East Africa, the Djibouti Data Center (DDC) will support China Telecom and the SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable system to meet high-speed connectivity demands along the Belt and Road route.

HONG KONG, CHINA–(Marketwired – Dec 5, 2016) – China Telecom has selected the Djibouti Data Center (DDC) to help facilitate network expansion, co-location and submarine fiber cable access services in East Africa.

The Djibouti Data Center has been built to Tier III data center standards and serves as a major meeting point for submarine fiber cable systems including the new Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable designed to connect Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Western Europe. China Telecom Global is a founding member of the consortium for SEA-ME-WE 5, which is expected to be ready for service in late 2016.

Mr. Liu Changhai, Managing Director of China Telecom (Africa and Middle East) Limited, a subsidiary of CTG, said, “The cooperation with DDC is a significant component of our overall commitment to contributing to the digital evolution and economic development of Africa. The addition of SEA-ME-WE 5 to CTG’s existing fiber cable assets in the region is a significant milestone that marks a new page for the company’s regional strategic planning in accordance to the Belt and Road Initiative. With our abundant and further expanded network resources, we can better serve our MNC clients and Carrier partners in Djibouti, Ethiopia and other countries in East Africa.”

The SEA-ME-WE 5 will span approximately 20,000kms and employ 100Gbps technology, with initial system capacity of 24 terabits to provide customers with low-latency and direct connectivity. It will further enhance the diversity and agility in the growing demand for Asia, Africa, Middle East and Western Europe routes around the world.

The system is designed as a multiregional super highway, and will connect Djibouti with China, via 18 landing points located in Singapore, Pakistan, UAE, Oman, Egypt, Italy, France and etc.

Mr. Anthony Voscarides, Chief Executive Officer of Djibouti Data Center, said: “The addition of the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system further establishes DDC as the leading carrier-neutral data center hub in East Africa serving global and regional telecommunication companies, MNOs, ISPs and CDN providers.”

Mr. Voscarides added: “We are very pleased that CTG will be joining the DDC ecosystem, as it further enables the development and introduction of new services that will help drive economic and social well-being in the region.”

The DDC is uniquely positioned in East Africa and will enable China Telecom Global to establish cross-connect and co-location facilities directly adjacent to Djibouti Telecom’s cable landing stations.

In addition to supporting SEA-ME-WE 5 in the near future, the DDC provides access to fiber-cable systems such as AAE 1, EIG, EASSy, Aden-Djibouti and Ethiopia-Djibouti.