China has planed to establish regional telecommunications service center and international telecommunications hub in Urumqi, Xinjiang Province, according to the speech by SHANG Bing, Vice Minister of the MIIT, on the China – Eurasia Regional Telecommunications Exchange and Cooperation Forum on September 2, 2013. This is an effort for China to promote Eurasia network integration.
The 3rd China - Eurasia Expo was held in Urumqi, Xinjiang Province on September 2-7, 2013. As an event of the China-Eurasia Expo, more than 150 participants attended the China – Eurasia Regional Telecommunications Exchange and Cooperation Forum, including government officials, telecom executives and representatives of enterprises and institutes from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan.
In his speech, the Vice Minister further pointed out that the MIIT has issued related administrative permit for Chinese telecom operator to accelerate the construction of the said telecommunications center.
The set and establish of regional or international telecommunication center is strictly regulated by the MIIT. In an aim to strengthen regional cooperation on telecommunications, promote the process of Euasia network integration, the MIIT has approved Chinese operators to run and terminate international telecommunications service directly in Urumqi, Xinjiang Province. Take voice traffic between Wulumuqi and Almaty as an example, it had to go from Urumqi far away back to Beijing, and then from Beijing to Almaty, or vice verse. It traveled much much longer than it should be optimized technically. With the MIIT's new approval, it will shorten the technical distance between Xinjiang and the Middle East countries.
Urumqi is becoming a hub for the integrating Eurasia network infrastructure.
Moreover, Chinese operators have built various terrestrial cable network. China Telecom has 7 terrestrial cable systems, including TEA, CR2, Mongolia, Mongolia 2, Kazakhstan 1, Kazakhstan2, TAE, connecting Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan. China Unicom has multiple Eurasia terrestrial cable systems, including TEA, TEA-2, ERA via China-Russia border in Fuyuan, Heihe and Manzhouli, the ERMC via China-Mongolia border in Erlianhaote and reaching Russia and Europe, EKA via Huoerguosi (Khorgas).
Chinese operators have worked closely with related parties in the Eurasia terrestrial cable routes to offer shorter, faster and stable routes for Eurasia traffic. And it seems the prices have been attractive enough for premium internet service.