In­nerMon­go­lia has plans to be­come a big data cen­ter

China Daily (USA) - - BUSINESS - By FANFEIFEI and YUAN HUI Con­tact the writ­ers at fanfeifei@chinadaily.com.cn and yuan­hui@ chinadaily.com.cn

The govern­ment of the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion is en­cour­ag­ing the devel­op­ment of a big data in­dus­try and is in­tro­duc­ing a series of poli­cies to at­tract in­vest­ment and skill, with an aim to make the re­gion a big data cen­ter in north­ern China by 2020.

The co­op­er­a­tion agree­ments, which in­volve 93 pro­jects and 50.8 bil­lion yuan ($7.5 bil­lion) of in­vest­ment, were signed at the 2016 In­ner Mon­go­lia Big Data Pro­mo­tion Con­fer­ence held in Beijing on Mon­day.

In­ner Mon­go­lia’s big data and cloud com­put­ing in­dus­tries are ex­pected to have more than 3 mil­lion servers in use over the next three to five years.

The lo­cal govern­ment has an­nounced pref­er­en­tial poli­cies de­signed to at­tract tal­ent and in­vestors, cover­ing land use, elec­tric­ity uti­liza­tion, tal­ent, in­no­va­tion, tax­a­tion, in­vest­ment and fi­nanc­ing re­lated to big data and in­for­ma­tion in­dus­try.

Li Ji­heng, In­ner Mon­go­lia’s Party chief, said: “The re­gion has un­der­taken the big data in­dus­try as a ma­jor ini­tia­tive to pro­mote in­dus­trial up­grad­ing and transform the eco­nomic devel­op­ment pat­tern. We have ac­com­plished ob­vi­ous achieve­ments.”

Li added that the re­gion en­joys unique con­di­tions and ad­van­tages to de­velop the big data in­dus­try.

A num­ber in­dus­try of in­for­ma­tion heavy­weights, Bu Xiaolin, in­clud­ing Alibaba Group Hold­ing Ltd, Baidu Inc and Ten­cen­tHold­ings Ltd, have set up of­fices and three ma­jor tele­com car­ri­ers — Chi­naMo­bile Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Cor­po­ra­tion, China United Net­work Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Group Co and China Tele­com Corp — have estab­lished data cen­ters in the re­gion.

“The out­put of the big data in­dus­try in the re­gion is ex­pected to sur­pass 100 bil­lion yuan by 2020,” saidBuXiaolin, chair­woman of the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

Ho­hhot, as the cap­i­tal of In­nerMon­go­lia, has al­so­made great strides in cloud com­put­ing and big data devel­op­ment. It has estab­lished a 10-bil­lionyuan big data in­dus­trial devel­op­ment fund to en­cour­age the con­struc­tion of cloud com­put­ing cen­ters and big data demon­stra­tion ar­eas.

The city is try­ing to build a cloud plat­form for in­dus­tries such as clean en­ergy, dairy, bi­o­log­i­cal medicine and rare earth to ex­hibit their prod­ucts, man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence and mar­ket­ing skills.

Sun Pishu, chair­man of In­spur Group Co, China’s largest server maker based in east­ern China’s Shan­dong prov­ince, said that In­nerMon­go­lia has an abun­dant elec­tric­ity sup­ply and en­joys an ad­van­ta­geous ge­o­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion, both of which are ben­e­fi­cial for big data cen­ter con­struc­tion.

“In­spur has al­ready par­tic­i­pated in the con­struc­tion of the cloud com­put­ing and big data base in In­ner Mon­go­lia and owns three govern­ment ser­vice cloud plat­forms in Ho­hhot, Wuhai andManzhouli,” said Sun.

Sun added that the re­gion’s ex­cel­lent in­vest­ment en­vi­ron­ment had at­tracted the com­pany and it will in­vest 5 bil­lion yuan to build a big data in­dus­trial park and cloud com­put­ing cen­ter in the re­gion.

Jin Jian­hang, pres­i­dent of Alibaba, said the com­pany is now work­ing to­gether with Ho­hhot to pro­mote the ap­pli­ca­tion of big data in agri­cul­ture e-com­merce.

It is es­ti­mated the an­nual growth rate of China’s big data in­dus­try will be over 50 per­cent in the next five years, and China will ac­count for 20 per­cent of the world’s data ca­pac­ity by 2020.

The out­put of the big data in­dus­try in the re­gion is ex­pected to sur­pass 100 bil­lion yuan by 2020.”

chair­woman of the govern­ment of the In­ner Mon­go­lia au­ton­o­mous re­gion

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