World’s highest-altitude data center begins second construction phase in Tibet
Published 30 October 2020
The world’s highest-altitude data center in Tibet has just commenced its second phase of construction.
Located in Tibet’s capital city of Lhasa, 3,656 metres above sea level, the data center costs US$1.8 billion (11.8 billion yuan), and is scheduled to launch in 2021.
Chinese state media, Xinhua, reported that once completed, 70,000 data center servers will be able to serve users in China’s cities and provinces, including Beijing, Shanghai, Sichuan and Jiangsu, as well as neighbouring South Asian countries Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
China’s Ningsuan Technology Group is in charge of the data center. The company says that the data center will provide IT services to partners in areas such as video rendering, autonomous driving, and distance-learning.
The Group’s Vice President and CMO, Wang Jun, said that as Lhasa is being granted approval to become an exporter of regional and international communications services, Tibet could become a big data industry base, realising three-dimensional network interconnectivity across the Himalayan region.