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China Mobile to build cloud computing base in Mongolia

China's telecom giant, the China Mobile Communications Group, is planning to build a cloud computing base in north China's Inner Mongolia autonomous region to upgrade its online data management services.

Wang Jianzhou, board chairman of China Mobile, said recently that the company has signed a memorandum with the regional government to construct the cloud computing base in the city of Hohhot.

China Mobile has promised to pool US$1.9 billion for the construction of the facility, which is expected to accommodate 40,000 servers. Wang said Inner Mongolia's abundant wind power and coal resources will bolster electricity supplies for the mammoth computing facility.

He said the new facility will support the company's future business development, including TD-LTE, or "Time Division-Long Term Evolution," better known as the country's own 4G standard.

Li Zhengmao, China Mobile's vice president, said that the production of smart mobile phones has jumped 50 percent year-on- year globally. The continuous development and enchanced applications of 3G and LTE technology mean that mobile Internet has entered a new phase for rapid growth, Li added.

Cheaper smartphones

To attract customers to the company’s third-generation network and maintain its lead over China Unicom, Wang has introduced smartphones costing less than 1,000 yuan, such as ZTE Corp’s U232 and Lenovo’s TD36T.

China Mobile also added BlackBerry Bold 9788 in October to win over higher spending customers in its battle for 3G users with Unicom, the nation’s only carrier offering Apple’s iPhone with a service contract.

China Unicom has failed to use the iPhone to catch up to China Mobile in 3G customers. While China Mobile’s 3G network is incompatible with the Apple handset, it has attracted 9.5 million iPhone users to its second-generation network, most of whom access the Internet over the company’s Wi-Fi infrastructure, Wang said last October.

China Mobile had 633 million mobile-phone subscribers at the end of September. The total includes some 43 million 3G users, the company said.

The figures exceed China Unicom’s 189 million mobile customers and the 30 million users of its 3G service at the end of September, according to data the smaller carrier released yesterday.

China Mobile Limited is a Chinese state-owned telecommunication company that provides mobile voice and multimedia services through its country-wide mobile telecommunications network, the largest of its kind in the world - Also the most valuable mobile telecommunications company in the world, China Mobile is listed on both the NYSE and the Hong Kong stock exchange. As of March 2011, the company is the world's largest mobile phone operator with over 600 million subscribers.