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Vodafone and Alibaba Highlight Importance of Partnerships in the UnTelco Race

by Dimitris Mavrakis | 3Q 2018 | IN-5210

Vodafone and Alibaba Cloud announced their partnership in November 2016, which is when Alibaba opened its first data center—hosted within Vodafone’s facility in Frankfurt—in Europe. Since then, Alibaba has increased its footprint across the globe and now claims to have 45 data centers in 18 regions, with Frankfurt being its European point of presence. Alibaba Cloud itself is a growing business; they have claimed a 23% revenue increase quarterly, with nearly 50% of the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) market share in China, and have been investing heavily in Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is in line with the Chinese central government’s goal to become an AI leader by 2030.

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