HONG KONG -- Pacnet today announced its equity joint venture in China, Pacnet Business Solutions (China) (“PBS”), has been awarded an Internet Data Center (IDC) license by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) to provide data center network services in Chongqing, China. This award expands Pacnet’s data center network footprint in China, which also includes data centers and network Points of Presence (PoPs) in Shenzhen, Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu and Xi’an.
Pacnet is the first foreign invested company to have been issued a license to provide data center network services in Chongqing, China, following the MIIT’s announcement in December 2012 to resume the grant of new IDC licenses. The new license process is stringent, reiterating MIIT’s goals to strengthen and monitor the IDC market in order to foster a healthy development of the Internet industry in China. The process requires an evaluation of four major systems maintained by license applicants, namely, Internet Content Provider Record-keeping Management; Accessing Resource Management; Information Security Management; and Datacenter Operation Security Management.
“Chongqing is the most important megacity in Southwest China and a very important hub for Pacnet’s data center network not only throughout China, but also the rest of the Asia-Pacific region,” says Henry Lam, Chief Executive Officer of PBS. “This new IDC license provides us the ability to expand our data center footprint to complement our highly reliable Internet bandwidth and IPVPN services both in and out of the region.”