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CMI starts overseas data centre expansion in Singapore

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China Mobile has launched a data centre in Singapore – its first outside of China.

The six-floor facility, which is built and fully-owned by China Mobile International (CMI), is the second to join its Asia Pacific cloud network. It will support the growing digital economy in the Asia Pacific region as part of the Chinese government’s Belt and Road trade initiative.

The data centre connects directly to CMI’s local ring in Singapore and its Asia Pacific submarine cable systems, and to the Asia-to-Europe SeaMeWe-5 cable system, providing connections within and between the Asia Pacific, Indian Ocean, Europe, Middle East and Africa regions.

"The launch of our IDC [internet data centre] in Singapore is a significant step forward to bring together our global IDC network,” said Li Feng, chairman and CEO of CMI. “Through extensive submarine cable resources, our Singapore IDC will meet the demands of our customers in Asia Pacific by providing low-latency and reliable services.”

Li added: “Singapore is not only a leading economic hub, but also a key Belt and Road node. We are also actively deploying data centres in London and Frankfurt, which will create synergy with the Singapore data centre and further promote high-speed international connections.”

CMI’s new facility, in the Tai Seng industrial park, houses more than 2,100 racks in a gross area of 17,490 square metres.

The data centre will also allow access to public cloud providers, support enterprises deploy multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud solutions and connect networks across the globe, “delivering secure and reliable cloud deployment, plus end-to-end management services”, said China Mobile, which hinted that there will be further international projects: “CMI will continue to advance its IDC presence across the globe and fully leverage its own data centre synergies to achieve efficient convergence and agility, providing global access with large bandwidth connectivity to international customers.”

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