July 7, 2022

China’s National Development and Reform Commission announced to have approved of plans to build four mega clusters of data centres in the country’s north and west.

The move comes with the aim of supporting the data needs of Beijing and major coastal centres, and limitations by local governments on electricity consumption on the country’s eastern side to expand the same.

According to the country’s top state planner, the data centre clusters will be built in the northern region of Inner Mongolia, Ningxia in northwestern region, Gansu province and Guizhou province IN southwestern region.

While it also mentioned that the upcoming four locations can use their environmental and energy advantages to set up eco-friendly and low-carbon mega data centres.

According to reports, few cities in the country’s northern and western regions have already built data centres that are rich in renewable energy resources to serve the economically developed coast.

However, these centre’s distant locations only meant that they have struggled to provide the near-instantaneous recovery demanded by its coastal clients with little tolerance for delays.

Given the data latency caused by the huge distances to data users in the east, at present, it is unclear how China is planning to turn western and northern regions such as Ningxia and Gansu, into actively operating centres of computing power, which are 1,000 km (600 miles) from the coast.

According to a marine economy development plan, it has been encouraged that major coastal cities such as Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Zhuhai relocate their high energy-consuming data centres to underwater locations to cut the energy used for cooling.

According to a 2021-2025 plan by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology released in November, China through the building of several clusters of data centres is aiming to expand its big data industry by 2025 into a more than 3 trillion yuan ($470 billion) sector.

On another note, a Beijing official has warned that they would take drastic measures if Taiwan makes moves towards independence, whilst also adding that Taiwan’s provocations and outside interfering could intensify next year.

China has repeatedly claimed democratically governed Taiwan as its own territory.