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Chunghwa Telecom mum on reported plan to build cloud center in China

Chunghwa Telecom mum on reported plan to build cloud center in China

Taipei, Jan. 22 (CNA) Taiwan's largest telecommunications company, Chunghwa Telecom Co., declined Tuesday to comment on a news report in Beijing that it plans to build a cloud computing center in southern China in partnership with a Chinese telecom firm. According to the China News Service report, Chunghwa Telecom and China Telecom Co. have agreed to set up a cloud data processing facility in Pingtan to accommodate 4U rackmount servers. Asked about the report at a Taipei forum, Chunghwa Telecom Chairman Lu Shyue-ching declined to confirm it but expressed concerns over information security. Minister without Portfolio Simon Chang, who was also at the forum on Taipei's cloud industry, said the government does not know much about the reported project. Chang said that as far he knows, IP peering services cost more in China than in Taiwan. According to the news report, the investment project is expected to attract investments of 30 billion yuan (US$4.8 billion) by related industries in China and create 11,700 jobs. (By Esme Jiang and Elizabeth Hsu)