Elevating Shanghai's AI Ecosystem: China Telecom's New Computing Powerhouse

Elevating Shanghai’s AI Ecosystem: China Telecom’s New Computing Powerhouse

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As a global leader in telecommunications and technology solutions, China Telecom is thrilled to announce our latest initiative—a state-of-the-art computing center in the heart of Shanghai’s high-tech zone, designed to supercharge the AI capabilities of businesses operating in this dynamic city.

Understanding the critical role of computational power in driving AI and machine learning advancements, we are deploying 40,000 high-power racks to form the nucleus of what will be an epicenter for intelligent computing and supercomputing. The investment reflects our commitment to tech infrastructure that not only meets but anticipates the needs of the industries we serve.

This project is a beacon for innovation in Shanghai, particularly as it addresses the need for high-end graphics processing units (GPUs) essential for AI operations. Our initiative is a step towards self-reliance and leadership in GPU development, ensuring that businesses in Shanghai and the broader Yangtze River Delta region have the tools they need to excel in AI without relying on international market fluctuations.

In line with our ethos of collaboration and community, we are proud to be at the forefront of the Lingang New Area Intelligent Computing Industry Alliance. This new alliance, led in partnership with our affiliates, is set to be a catalyst for sharing computing resources, driving technological exchange, and fostering a cooperative environment among tech leaders.

We recognize the burgeoning demand for computational resources, spurred on by the rise of generative AI. As Chinese tech giants, including Baidu and Alibaba Group, unveil their generative AI platforms, the need for robust computing power has never been clearer.

Championing this tech revolution, Lingang New Area—a key sector within Shanghai’s free-trade zone—is set to become a central hub for the AI industry. Our goal is to attract a vibrant community of AI professionals and enterprises, transforming Lingang into a world-class nexus of AI innovation. Following in the footsteps of SenseTime, which has established Asia’s largest AI data center in Lingang, we are committed to contributing to a thriving tech ecosystem.

By 2025, we aim to build a “multi-computing power supply system,” creating a tech industry in Lingang with an anticipated value of over USD 1.48 billion. This ambitious project highlights the role of China Telecom as a cornerstone in providing the essential computational resources for AI development.

For our international partners and clients, this new computing center represents more than just an expansion of China Telecom’s infrastructure—it’s an open invitation to harness the power of Shanghai’s technological advancements for your business. We are laying the groundwork for you to push the boundaries of AI, offering a platform to drive innovation and maintain a competitive edge in the global market.

Stay connected with China Telecom Americas as we embark on this exciting journey to power the future of AI, right here in Shanghai.