Apple’s Chinese data centre to open in 2020

06/02/2018

Tim Cook Apple ChinaApple’s Chinese $1bn data centre should be up and running by 2020, sources close to the project said this week after officials from China’s southwester Guizhou nProvince confirmed that work was scheduled to start this week. The data center will cover a 67-hectare site in the province’s Guian New Area and will offer iCloud services for the Chinese mainland. These will be operated by local partner Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Co, which will initially rent servers from China’s three major telecom operators.
With more than 730 million Internet users, China boasts the largest e-commerce market in the world and a consumer base that has enthusiastically embraced mobile digital technology and is a key market for Apple; but the US tech giant has been coming under increasing pressure from Chinese regulators in recent months to comply with strict local data laws and assist in curtailing access to overseas content.
Last June, Beijing introduced a new cyber security law on June 1 that imposes tougher controls over data than in Europe and the United States, including mandating that companies store all data within China and pass security reviews. One month later Apple said it was removing virtual private network (VPN) services from its app store in China. Since then, the authorities in Guizhgou have set up a working committee comprised of senior party officials to oversee the data centre project.

Source: xinhuanet