BEIJING and HONG KONG, Feb. 7, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 21Vianet Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:VNET) ("21Vianet" or the "Company"), the largest carrier-neutral Internet data center services provider in China, today announced that it is a provisional successful bidder for radio spectrum in the 2.3 GHz band to provide broadband wireless access ("BWA") services in Hong Kong. 21Vianet is one of three provisional successful bidders, each of whom won one frequency band of 30 MHz. 21Vianet submitted a final bid of HK$150 million (US$19.3 million), which was the minimum bidding price
set by the Hong Kong Telecommunications Authority for the spectrum.
The Hong Kong Telecommunications Authority will issue a 15-year unified telecommunications carrier license to successful bidders, allowing licensees to provide fixed, mobile or a combination of these services using the licensees' frequency bands. Provisional successful bidders will be required to pay spectrum utilization fees within 30 business days and submit a refundable performance bond of HK$150 million (US$19.3 million) as a guarantee of compliance with the network and service rollout requirements.
In connection with these fees, 21Vianet obtained a non-binding letter of intent from China Development Bank, in which the bank indicated its intention to provide a US$30 million credit facility to 21Vianet to finance the BWA spectrum license.
"We are focused on capturing the best market opportunities and are pleased to win the Hong Kong spectrum auction with the minimum required bid," said Mr. Josh Chen, founder, chairman and chief executive officer of 21Vianet. "We believe that this opportunity is a cost-effective means of opening up more growth opportunities for 21Vianet. We are seeing an accelerating business trend towards accessing data through the mobile Internet. By extending our Internet infrastructure services into the wireless Internet, we aim to further embed 21Vianet into the core Internet infrastructure in Greater China."
"To utilize the BWA spectrum, we aim to partner with established mobile operators to successfully extend our service offerings," Mr. Chen continued. "At the same time, we also want to reaffirm our commitment to a carrier-neutral value position and our intent to remain a B2B service provider. Our focus remains on becoming more integrated with the broader Internet data network throughout Greater China."
Pursuant to the requirements of the Hong Kong Telecommunications Authority, 21Vianet will discuss the terms of its license and the network operations plan with the authority in the coming weeks. 21Vianet also plans to explore potential partnerships with local business partners to combine its own expertise in Internet infrastructure services with its business partners' financial resources, local platform and knowledge.
This press release contains translations of certain Hong Kong dollar amounts into US dollars at specified rates solely for the convenience of readers. All translations from HK$ to US dollars, in this press release, were made at a rate of HK$7.7538 to US$1.00, the noon buying rate in effect on January 27, 2012 in the City of New York for cable transfers in HK$ per US$ as certified for customs purposes by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
21Vianet Group, Inc. is the largest carrier-neutral Internet data center services provider in China. 21Vianet provides hosting and related services, managed network services and cloud computing infrastructure services, improving the reliability, security and speed of its customers' Internet connections through 21Vianet's Internet infrastructure. Customers may locate their servers and networking equipment in 21Vianet's data centers and connect to China's Internet backbone through 21Vianet's extensive fiber optic network. In addition, 21Vianet's proprietary smart routing technology, BroadEx, enables customers' data to be delivered across the Internet in a faster and more reliable manner. 21Vianet operates in 33 cities throughout
China, servicing a diversified and loyal base of more than 1,400 customers that span many industries ranging from Internet companies to government entities and blue-chip enterprises to small- to mid-sized enterprises.
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