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Apple to cooperate with Guizhou for cloud services

  Southwest China's Guizhou province inked a deal with US tech giant Apple Inc on July 12 to cooperate in providing iCloud services.
  A press conference for the iCloud Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement was held in Guiyang, capital of Guizhou province.
  Apple will invest up to $1 billion in new data centers in Guizhou province to be operated by Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Co Ltd, an enterprise owned by Guizhou's provincial government.
  Under the partnership, Guizhou-Cloud will become the sole operating partner for Apple's iCloud service on the Chinese mainland. Apple will register a business entity in Guiyang to help build the data centers and offer technical support.
  The cooperation brings the largest investment, widest range of services and biggest influence for the province since Guizhou started its big data strategy, according to Ma Ningyu, director-general of the province's big data bureau.
  Apple will register a business entity in Guiyang to help build the data centers and offer technology support, according to a joint statement.
  Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry will also become the sole operating partner of Apple's iCloud service on the Chinese mainland.
  The deal marks Apple's latest push to step up investment in China where it is facing mounting competition from rivals.
  In March, Apple announced plans to build two research and development centers in Shanghai and Suzhou, Jiangsu province, as part of its broad efforts to tap into the country's talent pool in manufacturing, design and app development.
  The company also established two centers in Beijing and Shenzhen last year, highlighting the importance of the Chinese market, the world's largest smartphone arena where Apple is losing ground to local players such as Huawei and Oppo.
  The California-headquartered company has committed to investing 3.5 billion yuan ($507 million) in these centers, which will seek graduates from China's leading universities including Peking University, Tsinghua University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
  It is expected that the project will both help Apple meet local consumer demand for cloud services and help Guizhou connect with the outside world to become a hub for big data and information security.



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