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Sep 12, 2019 03:53 PM
BUSINESS & TECH

China’s First Dedicated International Data Link Strengths Ties With Singapore

Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing (third from right) and Chongqing Party Secretary Chen Min’er (third from left) appear at the launch of the China-Singapore (Chongqing) International Data Channel on Wednesday. Photo: The Straits Times
Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing (third from right) and Chongqing Party Secretary Chen Min’er (third from left) appear at the launch of the China-Singapore (Chongqing) International Data Channel on Wednesday. Photo: The Straits Times

(The Straits Times) — Singapore and China’s Chongqing city have strengthened cooperation with the launch of a dedicated data channel linking both sides, and a slew of project signings that cement the fast growth of the Chongqing Connectivity Initiative (CCI).

Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing and visiting Chongqing Party Secretary Chen Min’er witnessed the launch on Wednesday of the China-Singapore (Chongqing) International Data Channel, China’s first point-to-point data link with another country.

A tie-up between Singtel, StarHub and China’s big three telcos, the 260-gigabit-per-second data link will provide users with better network reliability and lower latency. Twelve Chongqing companies along with tech giant Tencent also signed as first customers of the data channel.

The dedicated link will strengthen the digital connectivity between western China and Singapore, and support Singapore firms looking to digitally expand their businesses to the southwestern Chinese city, as well as western China, said the Infocomm Media Development Authority.

Besides the new data link-up, 27 memorandums of understanding were also signed on Wednesday between Singapore and Chinese firms in areas such as aviation, financial services, logistics and information and communication technology.

One of the deals will see Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) establish a digital innovation center in Chongqing’s Liangjiang New Area, extending the capabilities of its internal technology team.

The center’s initial objective will be to help SPH’s Chinese Media Group better reach a Chinese mainland audience, said chief technology officer Glen Francis.

“Things are evolving very fast in the Chinese market, so we definitely want to focus on localized apps that are specialized to Chinese users’ preference,” he said.

“We want to apply some of these more sophisticated technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning so that our apps are hyper-localized to what the Chinese are used to and the way they consume media.”

This story was originally published in The Straits Times.

Contact editor Yang Ge (geyang@caixin.com)

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