China Mobile sets up datacenter in HK

Following Equinix, Digital Realty and Savvis, China Mobile International is the fourth company announcing its datacenter development in Hong Kong within a month. China’s largest mobile operator hosted a stone-laying ceremony for its Global Network Center (GNC) at Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate on Tuesday.

China Mobile International noted the company planned to invest HK$950 million for the construction of the GNC. Initial investment includes the HK$22.9 million premium of the 9,742 square meters lot of land at Tseung Kwan O.

With an internal floor space of 24,355 square meters, the GNC in Hong Kong is expected to serves as a submarine cable landing and transmission hub, internet data center, cloud computing center and global network operation center.

The GNC, expected to complete in early 2014, will operate as the base of the company’s international telecommunication services by connecting China’s network with the world via the existing and new cable systems landed in Hong Kong. These upcoming cable systems include the Asia-Pacific Gateway and the South-East Asia Japan submarine cable systems, which will be ready for service in 2014 and 2013, respectively.

As a datacenter, the GNC will also house a range of voice and data services, including IPLC MPLS VPN, long distance voice hubbing and cloud enabling services for local and global enterprises.

 “Hong Kong is equipped with the best infrastructure and expertise as a hub between China and the rest of the world,” said Tiger Lin, chairman of China Mobile International. “It will become a natural platform for China Mobile International to further expand in the future.”

In respond to concerns among environmentalists on datacenter’s carbon emission, China Mobile stated the GNC was designed to achieve the Gold Certificate Standard of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by U.S. Green Building Council. The company noted it will strive to achieve low carbon emission and high energy efficiency level.