Ningxia becomes the center of the digital economy

Ningxia becomes the center of the digital economy

By FAN FEIFEI in Beijing and HU DONGMEI in Yinchuan | China Daily | Updated: 2022-09-21 09:22

The first Western China Data Valley IT Industry Conference kicked off in Yinchuan, capital of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, on Thursday. [Photo by Hu Dongmei/]

Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in northwest China is accelerating efforts to build green, low-carbon and secure data center clusters, network infrastructure and integrated power planning systems as part of its broader efforts to inject new momentum into the digital economy and help achieve the country’s goal. dual-carbon targets, government officials and experts said.

Computer power, which serves as an essential productive force in the era of digital economy, has become an important engine of China’s economic growth, said Mai Yanzhou, a member of the Standing Committee of the local Party committee and vice-president. Governor of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

Mai said that in recent years, Ningxia has made full use of its unique advantages in location, climate and resources to promote the digital transformation of industries, the industrialization of digital technologies and the development of the digital economy.

By 2025, the number of data center racks, made of a physical framework of steel and other alloys to house electronic servers, cables, networking devices, cooling systems and other equipment computers, is expected to reach 720,000 in Ningxia, and the utilization rate of renewable energy is expected to increase to 65 percent, he noted.

Mai made the remarks at the first Western China Data Valley IT Industry Conference, which was held Thursday and Friday in Yinchuan, capital of Ningxia.

A batch of domestic and foreign technology companies such as Amazon Web Services, Meituan, China Unicom, China Mobile and China Telecom have built data centers in Ningxia to offer cloud computing services due to its abundant energy resources and its cooler climate.

In February, China launched a mega-project involving the construction of eight national computing centers and 10 national data center clusters, indicating that its strategy to channel more computing resources from the eastern regions of the country to its less developed but western regions rich in resources is in full swing. .

Ningxia is one of the eight national data centers, with Zhongwei, a city in Ningxia, included in the 10 national data centers.

Zhang Yunming, vice minister of industry and information technology, called for efforts to accelerate the construction of new infrastructure, including national integrated computing hubs, large and super-large data centers and data centers. intelligent computing systems, while strengthening the deep integration of computing. power with various sectors such as health, education and government affairs.

In addition, increased efforts are needed to propel green and low-carbon transformation and modernization of IT infrastructure, Zhang said at the conference.

China’s total computing power scale now ranks second in the world, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. By the end of June, the number of used data center racks exceeded 5.9 million and the number of servers reached nearly 20 million in China.

The market scale of China’s IT power industry exceeded 1.5 trillion yuan ($213.9 billion) last year, with cloud computing exceeding 300 billion yuan and data center services. Internet data more than 150 billion yuan, said the Chinese Academy of Information and Communications Technology, a government think tank. .

“Most of China’s computing infrastructure is currently spread across the eastern regions, while the western regions have the potential to foster data center development and meet the computing needs of data in the eastern regions,” said Yu Xiaohui, director of China China Academy of Information and Communication Technology.

Yu said the implementation of the east-data-west-computing project is conducive to optimizing the allocation of national computing power, the use of green energy in western regions, the improving the energy efficiency of data centers and the development of emerging digital industries.

Liu Liehong, chairman of China Unicom, a major Chinese telecom operator, said the company has invested 3.2 billion yuan in Ningxia and will continuously increase investment to accelerate the construction of low-carbon data centers and high yield. It is estimated that after the project is completed, the number of data center racks will rise to 12,000, with the number of servers reaching 400,000.

China Telecom has actively participated in the country’s mega-project for computing power centers and data center clusters. Shao Guanglu, general manager of China Telecom, said the company will build green data centers and safe and reliable computing platforms to promote high-quality growth of the digital economy.

It also plans to explore building the country’s first integrated computing power trading and planning platform in Ningxia and providing and sharing computing power trading solutions by partnering with suppliers and service providers upstream and downstream of the industrial chain.

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