One acronym is defining the prosperity in the Asia Pacific region: OBOR. Standing for One Belt One Road, it is one of the most massive infrastructure and global investment project in history. It will connect more than 68 countries where 65% of the world's population call home and accounts for 40% of the global GDP as of 2017, according to TIME.
OBOR, also known as The Belt and Road (B&R) and The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), underscores China’s President Xi Jinping’s grand vision to create trade routes from China to other economic zones. Made up of six land corridors and one maritime silk road, it looks to accelerate economic growth across the Asia Pacific, Africa, and Central and Western Europe regions.
While the business possibilities are plentiful, OBOR faces severe infrastructure gaps. With much of the routes crossing underdeveloped territories, firms need to address varying infrastructure development levels, different regulatory regimes and geographical barriers to connectivity. It is why many enterprises dial in China Mobile.
China Mobile currently provides full communications services in all 31 provinces, autonomous regions, and directly-administered municipalities throughout Mainland China and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. As the leading telecommunications provider, it has the world's most extensive mobile network and the world's most massive mobile customer base. One in every three 4G mobile users in the world is a China Mobile customer.
Achieving these milestones was not easy. China Mobile built its infrastructure where there was none and rewired the existing infrastructure for the modern connected era. It also created a healthy ecosystem of partners, established strong relationships with various local and international telecommunication players, deployed new industry-leading technologies that empower users to do more with their smartphones, and brought China businesses to a new level of connectivity.
China Mobile is also leading the charge toward new opportunities in the Connected Era, such as smart city development, smart energy innovation, and smart manufacturing innovation. It already manages over 150 million IoT connections, with NB-IoT infrastructures in 346 cities around the globe. Leading companies rely on the Group for communications, IoT, internet, digitalization and business support.
China Mobile's broad experience and its vast pool of expertise will be crucial as local enterprises look to take advantage of OBOR. The proven methodologies and strategies to leapfrog China's infrastructure gaps will be vital for enterprises looking to overcome similar gaps in OBOR-associated countries.
To help local enterprises, China Mobile established China Mobile International (CMI) as the international wing of the Group. After its founding in December 2010, CMI expanded its footprint in 19 countries across different regions, including the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Singapore, Japan, etc.
More importantly, CMI aims to be a trusted partner for local enterprises looking to navigate OBOR challenges across the Asia Pacific, European and African continents. With a vast network of its own data centers in Singapore, the US, the UK and others, a total of 23T bandwidth transmitted globally, over 40 land and submarine cables and over 130 POPs, it aims to support global expansion.
Local enterprises can easily subscribe to CMI's full range of one-stop enterprise solutions. These include Office ICT Solutions, cross-border connectivity solutions, Data Center, Cloud Solutions, etc. They can also take advantage of CMI's investments in SD-WAN, Cloud Connect and other innovations to overcome infrastructure challenges and work around connectivity issues.
Together, they allow enterprises to focus on maximizing OBOR-related opportunities and expanding their business, and worrying less about connectivity and infrastructure. In turn, CMI will manage the internet connectivity, content distribution, data transmission and other related issues for its clients.
CMI is not sitting on its laurels. It is looking to be both an industry catalyst for digital transformation and a vertical industry enabler as OBOR matures.
As an industry catalyst, CMI is looking to use its “big connectivity” strategy to drive big data analytics, cloud computing, smart devices, IoT, 5G mobile terminals and other technologies. It is already working with other industry players on digitalization and IoT.
On the vertical front, CMI is looking to drive innovation within specific industries, such as logistics, financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, etc. Through end-to-end solutions, complete communication and content application infrastructure, and network and cloud transformation, it is looking to drive industry efficiency to whole new levels.
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China Mobile International Limited (CMI) is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Mobile. China Mobile is now the largest telecom operator in the world by network scale and subscriber base, and is among the top in terms of market capitalization and brand value. In order to provide better services to meet the growing demand in the international telecommunications market, China Mobile established a subsidiary, CMI, in December 2010, mainly responsible for the operation of international business. Leveraging the strong support by China Mobile, CMI provides a full range of comprehensive international telecommunications services which includes IDD, roaming, Internet, MNC services and Value Added Business across the globe.