Telecom Lead Asia: China Mobile is planning to set up two
new data centers in Hohhot and Harbin, covering a total area of 185 hectares.
China Mobile did not disclose its investment plan for the
new data center.
According to a tender project from China Mobile, the new
data center in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, has a total area of about 99.1 hectares
and the total construction area will reach 720,000 square meters, including the
first-phase construction area of 169,000 square meters.
This represents China Mobile’s two new major construction
projects, following its southern base and international information port
construction commencement in Beijing.
The new data center in Harbin, Heilongjiang, has a total
area of about 86.27 hectares and the total construction area will reach 663,000
square meters, including the first-phase construction area of 207,000 square
In China Mobile’s past, the company did not pay much
attention to investment in fixed assets; but during recent years, it started
the construction of these types of large parks. However, these parks are purely
for manufacturing, and no living areas for employees are included.
Prior to this, China Mobile initially completed the
construction of its southern base. With a total area of 490,000 square meters,
the base is not only used by China Mobile, but also attracts lots of its
In addition, China Mobile’s international information
port in Beijing is undergoing construction. This information port is also known
as its northern base and is an important part for the company’s nationwide
operation supporting system.
Chinese telecom operator Capex increases 16% to $46 billion in
The telecom capital expenditure of Chinese service
providers has gone up to $45.71 billion in 2011 from $39.397 billion in 2010,
clocking 16 percent growth.
However, telecom Capex in 2011 is lower than their
capital expenditure in 2009. In 2009, telecom operators spent $47.39 billion
for adding wireline and wireless infrastructure.