Apple Plans to Build Second Data Center in China
By Faith Magbanua, February 08, 2018 00:02 AM
The multibillion tech company, Apple, is currently planning to build its second data center in China at Ulanqab City in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
In addition to that, the data center would be Apple's first in north China, commencing operation in 2020 and offering iCloud services on the Chinese mainland.
Last year, Apple set up a data center in the southern province of Guizhou, its first in China, to comply with the tougher cyber-security laws.
Prior to that, the firm set up its first data centre in China this past July 2017, in partnership with a local internet services company, to comply with stronger cybersecurity laws introduced by Beijing earlier in the summer.
According to a spokesman, this would form part of a planned $1 billion (£0.78 billion) investment by Apple into the province.
The addition of this creation, the data center will allow the citizens of China to improve the speed and reliability of our products and services while also complying with newly passed regulations,' the company said in a statement to news sources.
'However, these regulations require cloud services be operated by Chinese companies so we're partnering with GCBD to offer iCloud.'
Apple also said that it had strong data privacy and security protections in place.
On June 1st 2017, China brought in a new cyber security law that codifies much stricter controls over data than in Europe and the United States, including mandating that firms store all data within China
The new laws come as Chinese cloud firms are expanding rapidly in foreign markets with Alibaba Group Holding having a total of 17 data centers across China, the United States, Europe, Australia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
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