Guizhou province in China continues to strengthen its position as a leading big data hub in the country as it attracts major investments in the big data industry. According to the local authorities, it completed over 8.07 billion yuan ($1.17 billion) of investment in the first quarter of 2023.
The provincial big data development administration bureau reported that out of the total investment, around 1.5 billion yuan was utilized for directing more computing resources from China’s eastern regions to its less developed yet resource-rich western regions.
Guizhou Province, which was designated as the first national big data comprehensive pilot zone in the nation, has been promoting the big data industry as a cornerstone of its high-quality social and economic growth.
In February, the bureau stated that the province intends to finalize project investments worth 20 billion yuan (or roughly 2.9 billion dollars) in its big data sector and introduce more than 200 digital economy projects with robust growth potential.
According to the plan, Guizhou will have 800,000 data center racks, 4 million servers, and more than 180,000 5G base stations by the year 2025.
In the same month, NetEase Inc, a Chinese internet company, began construction of its first large data center in Guian New Area in Southwest China’s Guizhou province. The data center facility will have a total size of 109 mu (7.3 hectares), and 10,000 standard racks and 100,000 servers are anticipated.
As of March-end, 18 data centers, comprising 10 large and eight ultra-large centers, had been established in Guizhou. The 18 data centers have a total server carrying capacity that exceeds 2.25 million units.
In terms of information infrastructure, Guizhou province had added 2,362 5G base stations by the end of March, raising the total number of 5G base stations to 87,000 and increasing the accumulated optical cable length to over 1.9 million km.