According to a report dated February 3, 2018, construction of a Chinese data centre for Apple Inc, the U.S. tech giant, is scheduled to begin later this year and the centre is expected to open in 2020. The timetable was provided by the Communications Administration of Guizhou Province, where the centre will be built. With an investment of US$ 1 billion, the data centre, which will cover 1,000 mu (67 hectares) in Guian New Area, will offer iCloud services on the Chinese mainland. Starting Feb. 28, iCloud services on the Chinese mainland will be operated by a local partner, Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Co,. Ltd. Before the data centre begins operations, the Chinese company will rent servers from China's three major telecom operators to provide iCloud services. Guizhou is one of the least developed regions in China, but it has become a pioneer in big data in China due to its climate, power supply and network infrastructure.”

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