China Unicom to build ICT facility in Hong Kong

China Unicom is to invest approximately $387 million (HK$3 billion) in an ICT facility in Hong Kong.

The Chinese company hopes the Global Centre will enhance the network services of the Chinese operator, as well as help the company expand its international business.

The facility will serve a range of functions, including acting as a global network operations centre complete with a subsea cable landing station, while also providing data centre and cloud computing services.

"Due to China Unicom's extensive network resources at home and abroad, strong cross-border network connectivity and IDC support from mainland China, coupled with the robust ICT infrastructure of Hong Kong and a talented team with valuable operational management experience and a global vision, the Global Centre will boost China Unicom's competitiveness on the global stage" said Lu Yimin, executive director and president of China Unicom.

The facility is expected to create 200 jobs and further enhance Hong Kong's position as an ICT hub for the Asia-Pacific region.

China Unicom has acquired 1.5 hectares of land at Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate for the facility, which was approved by the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) in May 2013. The entire project is expected to be completed by the first half of 2016 with a total built area of 41,000 sq m, adding over 3,000 racks to the market.

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