An extensive data system with an area of 645,000 square meters is at the top worldwide to promote data exchange between China and its neighboring countries in South Asia.
The cloud computing and data center, located on the Lhasa plateau, capital of Tibet, and developed by the private technology company Ningsuan Technologies, started piloting when it announced the completion of the first phase of construction, China's state-run news agency Xinhua (on Chinese) on Sunday.
Tibet was incorporated northeast of the Himalayas in 1950 as an autonomous region of China. Over the decades, the Chinese government has addressed many Tibetans' demands for greater religious freedom and human rights in one of their most critical regions for national security.
The plateau is now a bridge between China and South Asia as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing's ambitious global infrastructure project. Ningsuan, a company headquartered in Tibet with data control centers in Beijing and research teams in Nanjing, is banking on increasing trade and investment between China and India, Nepal, Bangladesh and other countries that are part of the BRI.
As a result, a robust IT infrastructure to support data transmission is required in the region, as Hu Xiao, general manager of Ningsuan, said in a previous media interview.
While hot days and spotty power supplies in certain regions of South Asia cost more to run data centers, Tibet, like the more established data center in Guizhou Province, is cool due to its temperate climate and low average temperature, which makes it ideal for a natural data port server hold.
Construction of the data center in Lhasa started in 2017 and is expected to be completed by 2025 or 2026. This total investment will amount to almost 12 billion yuan, or $ 1.69 billion. It is estimated that the cloud facility will generate sales of 10 billion yuan each year upon commissioning.
Alibaba also has skin involved. In 2018, the Chinese e-commerce giant, which has a growing cloud computing business, entered into an agreement (in Chinese) with Ningsuan to provide cloud services to industries in the Tibetan region, power supply, finance, include national security and government affairs. public security, cyberspace.