China Sets Up Big Data Zone in Inner Mongolia

China has unveiled a big data zone being built in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The Inner Mongolia zone, centered at the regional capital Hohhot, is one of the seven under construction in China and will focus on analyzing data on energy, meteorology and geology to help energy conservation and cooperation.

The authorities aim to make the Inner Mongolia big data zone north China’s big data center and a leading global big data base by 2020.

china cloudXu Shaoshi, chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, said the commission will draw up policies to bring big data products, industry, and technology to the zone. Businesses, research institutes, and universities are also encouraged to participate.

A number of information industry heavyweights including Alibaba, Baidu, China Telecom and Tencent have offices in the zone.

According to a previous estimate, China would account for 20 percent of the world’s data capacity by 2020.