China Telecom Management Visits GDS Shanghai Waigaoqiao Data Center Campus, Signals Intent of Strategic Cooperation
On August 21, 2020, Mr. Shao Guanglu, Deputy Secretary of the Party Leadership Group of China Telecom, led a group of eight members of the management teams of China Telecom and China Telecom Shanghai in a visit to GDS Shanghai Waigaoqiao Data Center Campus to meet with Mr. William Huang, Chairman and CEO of GDS, Ms. Qiu Yizhu, COO of GDS and heads of various business units of GDS. Having exchanged ideas on the status and developing trends of the data center industry, and on leveraging their respective strengths to strengthen diversified cooperation focused on cloud-network convergence business, the two parties signaled their intention to engage in strategic cooperation.
The advent of the New Infrastructure Construction and the constant evolution of technology architecture have generated more demand, highlighted the fundamental supporting role a data center can play, and created more potential and more opportunities in terms of data center-based cloud-network convergence and other models.
In response, China Telecom, which highly appreciates GDS’s professional capability, experience and technology, has proposed a new development strategy centered around 2+4+31+X for cloud-network convergence resources. The partnership will accelerate the strategic cooperation between the two parties in areas such as resource sharing, cloud-network convergence, value chain ecosystem, technology innovation and international cooperation. Together they will strengthen market competitiveness and accelerate their coverage of four key geographical areas: Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei; the Yangtze Delta; Guangdong-Hong Hong-Macau; Shaanxi-Sichuan-Chongqing.
“We are very grateful for the long-term strong support that China Telecom, one of the most important partners of GDS, has given us over the years,” says William Huang, Chairman and CEO of GDS. “And we look forward to working with them to engage in more strategic cooperation based on the existing partnership. In the cloud-network convergence area, the two parties can combine each other’s strengths to build a platform and ecosystem and develop more competitive cloud network products and services. In the data center area, GDS also looks forward to synergy in a variety of data centers areas including strategy, design, building, operating, and product development. We will also engage in more innovative cooperation at the capital level to expand our investment in emerging application technologies such as 5G, cloud computing, big data, data centers, artificial intelligence, block chain and industrial internet.”
After the meeting, Shao Guanglu and his group, accompanied by William Huang, also toured GDS Shanghai Waigaoqiao Data Center, where they once again emphasized their appreciation of GDS’s professionalism and leadership position in the application of innovative technologies and operations management.
Following this high-level meeting, the two parties will further accelerate their strategic cooperation. On the GDS side, William Huang will coordinate all departments concerned to define details of the cooperation, while on the China Telecom side, Mr. Ma Yimin, Secretary of the Party Committee of China Telecom Shanghai, will lead their team to extend their full support and cooperation in an effort to achieve material progress as quickly as possible.
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