Apple will start migrating the iCloud data of its Chinese users to servers at a data centre in Guizhou. Photo: Apple

Apple’s successful cloud storage and cloud computing service provider, iCloud, has signed an agreement with the local government of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, with a plan to launch its first data center in Northern China, The Paper reported.

According to the agreement, the American technology giant will set up the data center in the city of Ulanqab, in order to provide iCloud services to Chinese Apple users.

Apple will register a business entity to run the project, which is scheduled to commence full operation by 2020.

It is reported that the city has been vigorously developing the cloud computing and big data industries based on the advantages of its location, transportation and policy support.

Chinese multinational mobile phone maker Huawei, and major network data service provider, Zhong Lian Li Xin, have also built data centers in the city.

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