China Mobile announced on Tuesday to setup a Global Network Center in Hong Kong, located at the Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate site. The Global Network Center will serve as the cable landing station in Hong Kong for the Asia-Pacific Gateway (APG) submarine cable system.
Being the world’s leading mobile telecommunications company and the largest telecommunication operator in China, China Mobile owns quite small amount of submarine cable capacity, much less than its major domestic competitors China Telecom and China Unicom. As reported, by the middle of 2011, China Mobile has less than 50 Gbps of international internet bandwidth, while China Telecom and China Unicom have 660 Gbps and 357 Gbps respectively.
Since 2011, China Mobile has made its strategy to invest more on submarine cable systems and participated as one of the consortium members for the South-East Asia Japan (SJC), the Asia-Pacific Gateway (APG), the Taiwan Strait Express-1 (TSE-1) and the Kinmen-Xiamen submarine cable systems.
The Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate site is becoming one of the most important information Hub in Hong Kong, nearly a dozen of worldwide well-known operators have set their information infrastructure here, including Hong Kong Exchange, HSBC data center, Google data center, HKCOLO.net, NTT Com Hong Kong Financial Data Centre and cable landing station for the ASE, Pacnet Tseung Kwan O cable landing station for the EAC-C2C and data landing center, etc.
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