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IIJ and China Telecom Announce Strategic Partnership to Jointly Provide Cloud Computing Services in China
Internet Initiative Japan Inc.
IIJ Global Solutions Inc.
TOKYO -- March 12, 2012 -- Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (IIJ, NASDAQ: IIJI, TSE1: 3774) and China Telecom Corporation Limited (China Telecom) today announced that they have forged a strategic partnership to jointly provide Cloud computing Services in China. As part of the partnership, the two companies plan to develop Cloud computing Services such as IaaS, PaaS and SaaS, and aim to provide them to the Chinese market from summer 2012.
IIJ has long experience in providing resource on-demand services, a proto type service for Cloud computing from 2000. From 2009, IIJ began providing Cloud computing Service under the brand name "IIJ GIO" which covers layers from IaaS to SaaS. Currently, IIJ GIO has been recognized as No.1 Cloud computing Service in Japan and is adopted by over 600 Japanese blue-chip customers. From 2011, IIJ has strengthened its overseas business and considers China to be one of the most important markets in Asia.
China Telecom is the largest carrier in China that provides an array of telecommunications-related services, from voice, internet connectivity to wireless services and also owns and operates data centers facilities across the country. With its elaborate network infrastructure, China Telecom provides services to around 170 million local line subscribers.
To make the most from this strategic partnership, IIJ and China Telecom will jointly provide high quality and flexible Cloud computing Services in China, as is provided in Japan, by exploiting IIJ’s abundant experiences in providing Cloud computing Service and utilizing the largest and strongest network infrastructure that China Telecom owns throughout China. China Telecom will offer its data center and network infrastructure and IIJ will build and operate the Cloud computing platform.
Many Japanese companies are operating businesses in China and there would be demands for Cloud computing Services. Also IIJ and China Telecom believe there are potential demands especially for IaaS from Chinese companies. We will cooperate together in developing and operating many great services most suited in the Chinese market.
IIJ Global Solutions China Inc., which is a Shanghai-based subsidiary of IIJ Global Solutions Inc., a subsidiary of IIJ, was established on January 6, 2012, and it will serve as a contact point for providing the above mentioned services to the Japanese companies in China.
About China Telecom
China Telecom Corporation Limited is the world's largest wireline telecommunications and broadband services provider and the world's largest CDMA mobile operator. Serving as a full services integrated information service operator, China Telecom provides basic telecommunications services, such as wireline telecommunications services and mobile telecommunications services, and value-added telecommunications services, such as Internet access services and information services in the PRC. As of the end of March 2011, the Company has wireline access lines in service of about 173 million, wireline broadband subscribers of over 66 million and mobile subscribers of more than 120 million. The Company's H shares and American Depositary Shares ("ADSs") are listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited and the New York Stock Exchange, respectively. For more information about China Telecom, visit the China Telecom website at http://www.chinatelecom.com.cn