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GDS Partners with SDIC, China Unicom, and China Telecom for Data Center Development in Upcoming Markets in China

Date:Jan 4,2018
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GDS Partners with SDIC, China Unicom, and China Telecom for Data Center Development in Upcoming Markets in China

SHANGHAI, China, January 4, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GDS Holdings Limited (“GDS Holdings”, “GDS” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: GDS), a leading developer and operator of high-performance data centers in China, today announced that it has entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent (“LoI”) with State Development Investment Corporation (“SDIC”), the largest state-owned investment holding company in China, China United Network Communications Corporation Limited (“China Unicom”), and China Telecommunications Corporation Limited (“China Telecom”) for the joint development of data centers in selected upcoming markets in China. The signing ceremony in Beijing was attended by Mr. Huisheng Wang, Chairman of SDIC, Mr. Xiaochu Wang, Chairman of China Unicom, Mr. Jie Yang, Chairman of China Telecom, and Mr. William Huang, Chairman of GDS.

The LoI reflects the shared view of the four parties that the growth of the digital economy in China is creating unfilled demand for high standard, large-scale data center infrastructure and services in selected upcoming markets beyond the core markets where GDS is currently operating. The partners will prioritize an initial pilot project in the Tianjin market. Details of the cooperation arrangements contemplated by the LoI are subject to further definitive legal agreement by the four parties.

“We are honored to participate in this LoI with these leading state-owned enterprises,” stated Mr. William Huang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDS. “As the only private sector company in the consortium, our participation evidences the expertise and market leadership we’ve established over our 17-year operating history. This partnership combines GDS strengths in data center design, construction, operations and customer service with the complimentary capabilities resources, and relationships of the other parties. As we realize synergies together, we look forward to working alongside our distinguished partners to explore potential opportunities within the government and state-owned enterprise segments and to further strengthen our brand and market leading position.”

About GDS Holdings Limited

GDS Holdings Limited (Nasdaq: GDS) is a leading developer and operator of high-performance data centers in China. The Company’s facilities are strategically located in China’s primary economic hubs where demand for high-performance data center services is concentrated. The Company’s data centers have large net floor area, high power capacity, density and efficiency, and multiple redundancy across all critical systems. GDS is carrier and cloud neutral, which enables customers to connect to all major PRC telecommunications carriers, and to access a number of the largest PRC cloud service providers, whom GDS hosts in its facilities. The Company offers colocation and managed services, including a unique and innovative managed cloud value proposition. The Company has a 17-year track record of service delivery, successfully fulfilling the requirements of some of the largest and most demanding customers for outsourced data center services in China. The Company’s base of customers consists predominantly of hyper-scale Cloud service providers, large Internet companies, financial institutions, telecommunications and IT service providers, and large domestic private sector and multinational corporations.

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