China Mobile International Launches First European Data Cent

China Mobile International launches first European data centre

20 December 2019 | Abigail Opiah

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China Mobile International has opened its latest data centre in the UK, the company’s first facility in Europe.

The company said that the UK data centre supports the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative by providing connectivity and enabling closer ties between Asia and Europe.

By extending its global data centre network to UK, CMI is supporting increased connectivity for multinational businesses from Asia-Pacific and Europe in a new era of digital globalisation, according to the company.

The UK date centre connects with CMI’s recently opened Singapore data centre, its Global Network Centre (GNC) in Hong Kong, China, and its extensive global mobile communications and cloud network infrastructure.

CMI is currently also building a dedicated data centre in Frankfurt, Germany, as well as other locations.

“The opening of our new data centre in UK is the sign of CMI’s commitment to promoting secure and reliable high-speed connections around the world, and we continue to see strong customer demand for connectivity, cloud and content delivery solutions between Asia Pacific and Europe, but also among with Middle East and Africa regions,” said Dr Li Feng, chairman & CEO of China Mobile International.

“In the big data era, data centres play a key role in facilitating information exchange. CMI provides professional one-stop-shop services, enabling enterprises worry-free opportunities to expand their business.

“Our UK data centre provides a powerful platform to meet the needs of the financial sector, internet businesses and other digitalising industries today and for the future.”

Through the direct connection with CMI’s local ring in Europe and the Asia-to-Europe SMW5 cable system, the data centre can therefore link to CMI’s Asia-Pacific submarine cable systems, the SJC, APG and SJC2.

This is to enable connections within and between Europe, Middle East and Africa, Indian Ocean and Asia-Pacific.

Located in Slough Trading Estate, the CMI UK data centre houses more than 1,600 racks.