China is busy building a large cloud computing data center in Tibet. It will be the highest data center built in the world. The center will cater to the data storage needs of China as well as Southeast Asian countries like Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. The data center is located at an altitude of about 3,656 meters in the HiTech zone of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. It plans to invest a total of 11.8 billion yuan ([more than Rs 13500 crore)]. The project will provide facilities in video rendering, autonomous driving, distance learning data backup and other areas. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2021.
With a total planned investment of 11.8 billion yuan (over USD 1.80 billion), the project will provide services in areas such as video rendering, autonomous driving, distance-learning data backup, according to its Lhasa-based operator, NingSuan. The company said it expected to provide services to major Chinese provinces and cities, as well as to Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and parts of Southeast Asia.
After the completion of the first phase, the data center will have 10,000 machine cabinets and an annual revenue of 1.5 billion yuan (about 223.5 million USD) to meet the data storage needs of major customers in China, South Asia. Wang Xu, Ninguan vice president and chief marketing officer, said Lhasa moves forward with the creation of a regional bureau to pursue international communications services, Tibet will become a big-data industrial base.
America appointed special officer for Tibet
The US has recently appointed one of its senior officials as the Special Coordinator for the Tibet issue. Tibet has been under Chinese occupation since 1950 and diplomatically it is a very sensitive issue for it. That is why China has reacted sharply to America’s move. He has called it a political fraud to destabilize Tibet.