Internet Access to China

China is the largest online population in the world, but competing successfully in China can be challenging.  To succeed, you need a partner that understands the complexities of China and the difficulties that foreign companies face – you need CDS and Capital Online Data Services. CDS provides reliable, low-latency Internet access to China for companies needing fast, secure connectivity to offices, customers, or manufacturing facilities as well as Cloud hosting in CDS’ enterprise-level data centers. With data centers across the globe and over 50 data centers in mainland China, CDS is the provider of choice for international companies expanding into China.

Cloud Hosting and Internet Access to China

Our CDS Discover China program provides foreign companies with the tools they need to ‘unlock the Great Fire Wall.’  With CDS you have the solutions you need to succeed:

Mirror Hosting – CDS routes Internet traffic into mainland China via our dedicated GPN through the firewall effectively mirroring your centralized server on our proxy servers in Beijing. The results – no more site blockage, PLT improves dramatically, and SEO ranking by Baidu improves – all without disruption or risk to the central host.

Hosting in Mainland China – With over 50 data centers in China CDS can provide a reliable, fully virtualized Cloud platform with hybrid, colocation, or dedicated hosting abilities, SSD+SAS+SATA Cloud storage and dedicated network capabilities. Our CDN network is comprised of over 500 acceleration nodes in mainland China reaching more than 95% of the population and connects to all the national Tier 1 carriers: China Telecom, China Unicom, China Mobile, Education Network, Great Wall Broad Net, and 10 additional regional Tier 2 carriers.

If you are new to China and need assistance with ICP Registration (Beian Number) our office in China will be glad to help.  We will even waive the hosting fees while your registration is being processed.  For more details on the steps to obtain and ICP Registration, download our white paper here.

Regardless of your hosting choice, CDS clients have access to CDS’:

  • Global Private Network (GPN)
  • Global BGP Peering
  • Content Delivery Network (CDN) throughout China
  • Premium Internet Routing
  • Premium IP Transit (wholesale only)

Need a more custom solution?  No problem, CDS will be glad to customize the solution for your company’s individual needs.  Questions? Contact us for answers and solutions.

eCommerce: With the world’s largest e-commerce market in the world,  China represents an enormous untapped opportunity for foreign manufacturers and retailers.  Look at the facts:

  • An eCommerce market estimated to be worth nearly USD $2.5 trillion by 2020 by A.T. Kearney’s 2015 Global eCommerce Index.
  • The 2016’s Singles’ Day festival smashed all past records hours before midnight, wrapping at USD $17.8 billion and 657 million packages shipped (Forbes).
  • iResearch estimates Chinese cross-border eCommerce will grow by 64% between 2015 and 2018 The top 3 countries Chinese purchase cross-border from are the US (53.9%), Japan (45.7%), and Korea (35.3%).

Online Gaming: China has a thriving online gaming market that is expanding daily. In the second quarter of 2016, the China online gaming market reached $6.24 billion with eMobile gaming market exceeding $ 3.66 billion accounting for 58.7% of China’s total online gaming market. With the growing popularity of eSports, the Asian games market is estimated to reach $20.4 billion by 2020.

CDS can position your company for success in China. Let us be your Cloud hosting service in China and Asia. Contact us today with your questions. We’ve got the answers!

FAQs

China's New Cybersecurity Law - does it effect your business?

Background Info

The first draft of the Cybersecurity Law was released in July 2015. On July 5, 2016, China’s National People’s Congress (“NPC”) released a revision of the Cybersecurity Law for public comment. The revised draft contains several significant changes, but many of the provisions from the first draft that raised concerns among multinational companies, especially those in the tech sector, remain. The new Cybersecurity Law means strict new rules for foreign companies doing business in China and has the potential to discriminate against foreign technologies in favor of domestic industry.

 

What and who it effects:

  • Network product and service providers, operators*: These companies are now required to censor any information deemed ‘critical’ or ‘banned’ and demand real name registration for any user of services like instant messaging.
  • All personal information for citizens in China and any business data deemed ‘important’ must be stored on storage devices inside mainland China. The terms are vague enough to apply to a wide variety industries and a wide variety of data. Any data transmitted outside of China by any entity must first be reviewed and approved.
  • All network transmissions must be monitored and “network security incidents” are required to be reported. The company, service provider, or operator is then required to give “technical support” to help in an investigation. This might result in authorities access to internal or external communications, etc.
  • The new law also states that no individual will be allowed to use the internet to endanger national security, promote terrorism, spread false information to disturb the economic order, etc. This is a very open-ended regulation and may be interrupted to fit a multitude of situations.

Click here for an overview of pertinent Articles and the Critical Information Infrastructure.

Click here for a complete translation by the American Chamber of Commerce – China

One of the main challenges the new Cybersecurity Law brings is the requirement that data be stored in mainland China. That coupled with the common practice of multinational companies to centralize their IT infrastructure outside of China. Rebuilding an IT infrastructure in China from scratch is not practical, nor is it feasible to “move everything to China”.

If this is your dilemma, CDS has the solution.  We can provide an easy to deploy, low impact, and fully legitimate solution. Contact us for details.

Unlock the Great Fire Wall with CDS

CDS can help your business get in the door or more accurately, ‘through the Great Fire Wall’ into the largest and fastest growing market in the world.

As you know, the Chinese government controls the Internet gateways for Internet traffic between China and the rest of the world. A limited number of “keys” have been given to a few long-established Internet service providers allowing them private ‘pipelines’ through the firewall. Limited to state-owned carriers, in 2005 CDS’ affiliate, Capital Online Technology, became the first and the only publicly traded company to acquire access to one of the pipelines.

This advantage allows CDS Global Cloud clients hosted in China access to a dedicated, Layer 2 connection – CDS’ Global Private Network (GPN) between China and the world. We can provide a fast, stable and secure connection in and out of China enabling your international business a private Cloud host in Mainland China and access to the wealth of the Chinese e-commerce market with minimum expense and effort.

Capital Online Technology is the only Cloud host in Mainland China with access to a dedicated, Layer 2 Internet connection between China and the rest of the world. We can get your company through the Great Fire Wall with speed and economy.

But to get your Cloud platform up and running you need more – you need an ICP Registration Number (often referred to as a Beian or Bei An number which means ‘registration’ in Chinese). The only way to obtain an ICP Registration Number is through a Cloud hosting provider with an ICP License.  With over a decade of experience CDS and Capital Technology will walk you through the steps and provide free cloud hosting while your ICP registration number is being processed.

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Obtaining an ICP Registration Number

The Ugly Facts: Everyone knows that the Chinese government has numerous regulations concerning on-line businesses in China. One of those regulations requires all websites with their own domain name operating inside China obtain approval and an Internet Content Provider (ICP) Registration Number (also known as a Beian License) from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).

The only way to obtain and ICP Registration Number is to go through a cloud hosting agent that has an ICP License. Don’t get confused – there is a difference between an ICP License and an ICP (or Beian) registration number. The ICP License pertains to the cloud hosting entity. The ICP registration number pertains to the website owner. All websites hosted on a server in the Chinese mainland must, by law, apply for and receive an  ICP Registration Number (Beian)  before their site goes live – a rule enforced at the hosting level where the ICP License is needed. The ICP Registration Number must be listed on the website’s home page and the ICP Registration Certificate must be installed.

Please note: If your website does not have an ICP Registration Number – it will be taken down.

Again, to obtain an ICP (Internet Content Provider) Registration Number the application must be made through an ICP Licensed host such as CDS’ affiliate, Capital Online Technology. Only an ICP licensed cloud host can represent clients in obtaining an ICP Registration Number. To date, the Chinese government has never issued an ICP License to any foreign cloud hosting company including Amazon, Microsoft or Google.

Choosing the correct agent is important. The application process is long and complicated – especially if you aren’t fluent in Chinese. Each province has slightly different regulations and the Internet laws in China change frequently. What was the rule today may not be the rule tomorrow, or even in the next province. CDS and Capital Online Technology will walk you through the steps and provide you with free cloud hosting during the process.

Question: Do you have to be hosted in mainland China? No, there are options such as Hong Kong where the rules are different. But, just like the US, a high SEO gets your site seen.  With a “foreign  IP address” Baidu (China’s version of Google) will rate your site very low.  In addition, your site will be slower and if it becomes blocked, or is taken down, you have no recourse. If you truly want to become a presence in the Chinese market place you have to compete on a local level  A high SEO ranking on Baidu and a fast, loading website is critical to e-commerce success.  (For more information about website speeds in China see below)

The Answer:  CDS Global Cloud can make the process stress-free. Our Beijing affiliate, Capital Online Technology, an ICP Licensed host since 1998, has had years of experience helping customers obtain ICP Registration numbers. Together, we will walk you through the process step-by-step and help you get your website up in record time.

During the process, you will be required to submit your domain and server data on the application. This means that you will have to register your domain name and secure a cloud host (and pay hosting fees) before even beginning the process. CDS Global Cloud will not only walk you through the process and offer free cloud hosting until your ICP registration is approved and you receive your ICP registration (Beian) number.

Important Things to Know:

Your domain will have to have a Domain Certificate. This certificate is only issued by domain registrars in Mainland China. The easiest way to obtain a Domain Certificate is to register your domain name or transfer your existing domain name from a overseas Domain Registrar to a Chinese Domain registrar. (You can try submitting a WHOIS information of your domain name to the MIIT instead of the Domain Certificate, but don’t be surprised if it is rejected and a rejection will slow the process down greatly.)

Note:  During the ICP Registration Number (or Beian) application process your domain and any subdomains MUST NOT have content – if they do, your application will be denied.

Discussion forums are not allowed! If you simply must have one, you must apply for an ICP License (which is much more difficult and has never been issued to a foreign entity).

A knowledgeable and experienced hosting provider such as CDS Global Cloud and Capital Technology can make this process fast and easy.

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4 Line BGP - The Secret to High-Speed Internet in China

Again, CDS and Capital Online Technology can provide advantages that other host can’t. We provide Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) in Mainland China as well as throughout the world. What does BGP mean? BGP allows Internet traffic to move at the most efficient and rapid speed possible. Seems simple – right? Well in most of the world it is. In China, however, BGP is crucial if you want to provide your customers with a responsive site. Many Cloud computing hosts in China claim to operate BGP networks, but very few actually have the capability or the AS registration numbers required.

 

CDS’ affiliate Capital Online Technology has two AS numbers and operates a multi-line BCP network in China as well as worldwide. CDS can provide your company with the best coverage in China and beyond!

 

Why Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Matters

First, you need to understand that there are fundamental differences between the Internet in China and the Internet in the majority of the world.

In the majority of the world, Internet traffic is routed among multiple carrier networks through an agreement between network ‘peers’. In its most simplified form, this agreement provides the basis for BGP – peer networks agreeing to allow Internet traffic to travel the most efficient route regardless of who owns the network infrastructure.

Currently, there are four major providers: China Telecom, China Unicom, China Netcom and Education Net (CerNET). Again unlike the majority of the world, the networks in China are connected to each other by only ten access points. Seven of which were only added in 2015.

Without multi-line BGP, even local Internet traffic would have to go through an access point which might be thousands of miles away.

For example, a China Unicom user can ping a server in the same city on CerNET, and get up to 400ms delay. The data has to travel on the China Unicom AS to the connecting node, which might be a thousand miles away, to access CerNET, then travel back on the CerNET sub-network to the server.

Using multi-line BGP, the same ping would only take 20-30ms.

  A multi-line BGP is critical if speed and reliability are important to your website.

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