China Mobile boosts fibre connectivity to Europe

Created December 27, 2019
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China Mobile International (CMI) has opened its first data centre in Europe to improve the fibre connectivity of its customers and partners. The purpose-built data centre located in the UK (pictured) is billed as an important addition to CMI’s growing global network. Serving as both an international network exchange hub and an internet data centre, said CMI, the facility enables closer ties between Asia and Europe.

“With outstanding fibre connectivity, stable power capacity and a highly skilled IT workforce, the UK is the premier data centre hub for Europe,” said CMI.

The facility connects with CMI’s other recently opened Singapore data centre and its Global Network Centre (GNC) in Hong Kong, China, along with its global mobile communications and cloud network infrastructure.

 The UK site has a direct connection with CMI’s local ring in Europe and the Asia-to-Europe SMW5 cable system, and can therefore link to CMI’s Asia Pacific submarine cable systems, the SJC, APG and SJC2 lines. It can also leverage cable system resources covering the ‘Belt and Road’ region, including the Transit Europe-Asia 2 (TEA-2), Transit Europe-Asia 3 (TEA-3), Europe-Russia-Mongolia-China (ERMC) and Diverse Route for European and Asian Markets (DREAM) networks.

The overall network available from the UK provides fast access to more than 300 cities in 31 provinces and regions throughout mainland China. CMI is also currently building a dedicated data centre in Frankfurt, Germany as well as in other locations.

Li Feng, chairman and CEO of China Mobile International, said, “The opening of our new data centre in the UK is the sign of CMI’s commitment to promoting secure and reliable high-speed connections around the world. We continue to see strong customer demand for connectivity, cloud and content delivery solutions between Asia Pacific and Europe, and with the Middle East and Africa regions.”

Located at the Slough Trading Estate, just outside London, the UK data centre houses more than 1,600 racks. It has obtained the Uptime Institute Tier III TCDD data centre standard and offers 99.99% service and power availability.


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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation