China Mobile International Commences Construction of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Hong Kong Fo Tan Data Center
The new data center will lay a strong foundation for digitalized and intelligent infrastructure in the Greater Bay Area while enhancing Hong Kong’s position as a global hub of innovation and technology.
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OutReach - 8 December 2021 - China Mobile International Limited (CMI) today announced that construction
of the China Mobile Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater
Bay Area Hong Kong Fo Tan Data Center (Fo Tan Data Center) is now underway.
Being built by CMI in Fo Tan, Hong Kong, with the Mainland
as the hinterland, the
new facility is expected
to be operational in 2025. It will be an important part of a core
data center cluster for the GBA, serving as an international communications hub
to facilitate global connectivity.
Fo Tan Data Center will directly link to China Mobile's other five self-built
core data centers in the GBA and connect to the world via five international
submarine cables and five core cross-border terrestrial cable systems. The new
infrastructure will further enhance China Mobile's value in self-owned data center
network, cross-border connectivity resources, and local 5G and fibre optic network.
Mrs. Carrie LAM, The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special
Administrative Region (HKSAR), Mr. SUN Xiangyi, Director-General of Economic
Affairs Department of Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the
Hong Kong S.A.R, Mr. Alfred SIT, Secretary of Innovation and Technology of the
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Ms. JIN Ping, Vice President
of the Hong Kong Chinese Enterprises Association, Mr. WANG Yan, Chairman of
China Harbour Zhen Hua Engineering Company Limited, Dr. LI Feng, Chairman of
China Mobile International and China Mobile Hong Kong, Mr. Sean LEE, Director
and Chief Executive Officer of China Mobile Hong Kong and Mr. SHEN Weizhong,
Director & Executive Vice President of China Mobile International attended
the groundbreaking ceremony today to witness the milestone moment alongside
other business leaders.
Amid a booming digital economy, emerging technologies such as 5G, cloud
computing, artificial intelligence and the industrial internet are driving
demand for data center services. The global market for internet data centers is
expected to be worth US$143.4 billion by 2027, while China's data center
market is forecast to exceed CNY 320 billion by 2022. With the new Fo Tan Data Center,
CMI is supporting Hong Kong's development and empowering
the intelligent upgrade of the GBA to provide a strong foundation for digitalization
across the region.
"Data centers are an important communication infrastructure for the
development of digital economy and smart cities. In order to promote Hong Kong
to become an outstanding data center hub in the Asia-Pacific region, the HKSAR
government has also actively introduced preferential measures for data center
development in recent years. China Mobile International has invested in this 1
million square foot site in Fo Tan. The large area of the industrial site
signifies the active investment and great confidence of the communications
industry, especially from China Mobile, in the development of its Hong Kong's
data center business. With the support of the country, Hong Kong's excellent
business environment and the participation of our communications industry, I
believe that Hong Kong will make significant strides towards the future, of
both innovation and our communications industry. Thanks to China Mobile for
actively expressing opinions and providing strong support to the government's
various innovation, technology and telecommunications policies and measures."
said Mrs. Carrie Lam, The Chief Executive of the HKSAR.
Mr. YANG Jie, Chairman of China Mobile
sent his congratulations to mark the groundbreaking ceremony, saying that the
company sees the construction of the Fo Tan Data Center in Hong Kong as an
opportunity to fully promote new infrastructure, integrate more new elements,
and stimulate new momentum to help enhance Hong Kong's status as an
international information hub and support the vigorous development of the
digital economy in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
"China Mobile places great emphasis to the development and future
roadmap of Hong Kong. We are committed to enhancing Hong Kong's status as an
international information hub and promoting the integration of 5G into Hong
Kong's diverse industries. The groundbreaking ceremony of the Fo Tan Data
Center has opened a new chapter in China Mobile's history in Hong Kong. In the
future, it will further strengthen Hong Kong's 'new infrastructure' advantages,
add more digital intelligence to Hong Kong's economic development, and make a
greater contribution to Hong Kong's integration into the overall development of
our country." said Dr. Li Feng, Chairman of China Mobile International and
China Mobile Hong Kong.
Since its establishment in Hong Kong in 2010, CMI has ramped up its deployment of network resources to drive the digitalization of the city's infrastructure. Following the opening of the China Mobile Global Network Center in Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong in 2014, Fo Tan Data Center will be the second self-owned data center built by CMI in Hong Kong. The new facility will provide local and international users with seamless access to "massive" integrated services, spanning 5G communications, cloud, AI and edge computing, and other advanced technologies, enhancing Hong Kong's position as a global hub of innovation and technology.
CMI continues to accelerate the development of a global Intelligent
Network, leveraging its extensive submarine and terrestrial cable systems,
Points-of-Presence (PoPs), and internet data centers. CMI currently has four
self-owned data centers: the Global Network Center in Hong Kong, Singapore Data
Center, London Data Center, and Frankfurt Data Center. It has over 70
terrestrial and submarine cable resources worldwide, with a total international
transmission bandwidth of over 100T and 180+ PoPs. Combining these resources,
CMI provides global access with ample bandwidth, flexible connectivity and
comprehensive one-stop services, accelerating the development of networking
CMI is committed to building top-tier, green data center resources in
Hong Kong. Hence, it is adopting a low-carbon approach for Fo Tan Data Center, which
will have an average power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of less than 1.3 and
an extended life expectancy. The new data center will be equipped with an AI
system to maximize efficiency in six critical areas: Material & Resources,
Water Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Sites, Smart Building and
Transportation and Indoor Environmental Quality. This approach aims to explore
energy conservation and emissions reduction for a greener data center. With a
focus on robust infrastructure, life-cycle impact reduction, sustainability, green-planting,
renewable energy, AI technology and green certification, CMI is positioning Fo
Tan Data Center as a reliable and environment-friendly data center and an
industry leader. The new data center also aims for green building
certifications such as BEAM Plus and LEED Gold.
Designed in accordance with international Tier III data center standards, Fo Tan Data Center will span a construction floor area of 103,660 sq. m., accommodating over 9,000 server cabinets in total.
Today's groundbreaking ceremony was accompanied by an exhibition
offering insights into the major plans of CMI in terms of global network
development and the "Belt and Road" Initiative. With continuous efforts to expand
its networking infrastructure, CMI provides enhanced data center services and
network connectivity specifically for users in GBA. In the future, CMI will
continue to advance its data center presence across the globe and fully
leverage its own network synergies to achieve efficient convergence and
agility, providing global access with large bandwidth connectivity to global
carrier partners, enterprise customers and consumer users.
China Mobile International Limited (CMI) is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of China Mobile, mainly responsible for the operation
of China Mobile's international business. In order to provide better services
to meet the growing demand in the international telecommunications market,
China Mobile established a subsidiary, CMI, in December 2010.
CMI currently has 70+ terrestrial and submarine cable resources
worldwide, with a total international transmission bandwidth of over 100T, and
a total of over 180 PoPs. With Hong Kong, China as its launchpad, CMI has
significantly accelerated global IDC development, creating a strong network for
data center cloudification. Leveraging the strong support by China Mobile, CMI
is a trusted partner that provides comprehensive international telecom services
and solutions to international enterprises, carriers and mobile users.
Headquartered in Hong Kong, China, CMI has expanded its footprint in 37
countries and regions. For more information, please visit www.cmi.chinamobile.com.