IBM and China Telecom Partner to Accelerate Mobile Enterprise Adoption in China

MobileFirst for iOS Solutions Delivered to Enterprises of all Sizes via the Cloud

BEIJING, April 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- China Telecom Co., Ltd (China Telecom-NYSE: CHA) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a partnership to accelerate mobile enterprise adoption for Chinese organizations. Joint clients will benefit from the IBM MobileFirst Platform for iOS to build, integrate and secure made-for-business enterprise apps which will be hosted on China Telecom's cloud. The partnership builds upon China Telecom and IBM's work to help businesses implement secure, cost-effective and scalable cloud-based applications.

Together, IBM and China Telecom will empower organizations, from traditional enterprises to start-ups, to benefit from native mobile solutions with greater security and flexibility. By taking advantage of mobile and cloud computing technology, businesses will gain the speed and scalability to confidently increase mobile adoption across the enterprise, resulting in improved employee productivity, customer engagement and business growth.

As the biggest IDC/cloud computing service provider in China, China Telecom hosts more than 70% of the domestic internet content and services. Its computing capability has reached millions of nuclear physics with the storage power at the level of EB and exit bandwidth over 10Tb. China Telecom is deploying nation-wide assets consisting of "8 (regions) + 2 (ultra-large data centers) + x (edge nodes)," which back up each other. The nodes are interconnected via high-speed networks, to provide more reliable services that address customer requirements such as cloud IT infrastructure construction, application migration and disaster recovery.

"China Telecom and IBM will jointly promote the mobile transformation of Chinese enterprises." said Mr. Gao Tongqing, Executive Vice President of China Telecom Co., Ltd: "With the rapid development of mobile internet and the popularity of intelligent terminals, Chinese businesses and industries are facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities. How to use innovative technologies to create new customer experiences, how to implement the secure, cost-effective and scalable cloud-based applications and drive enterprises' mobile transformation has become an important topic for us. In the future, both parties will continue to accelerate innovation when collaborating with various partners, so as to jointly promote the internet transformation of Chinese enterprises."

The IBM MobileFirst Platform for iOS provides a tailored version of the IBM MobileFirst Platform that offers an enterprise-class cloud solution for securely building, integrating, deploying and managing sophisticated native apps for iOS. It also enables enterprises to benefit from cloud-based management and security capabilities for mobile devices, applications, content and transactions. Apps built using the IBM MobileFirst Platform for iOS can be easily customized for any organization and securely deployed, managed and upgraded through China Telecom's cloud platform.

"China Telecom and IBM will provide cutting edge mobile solutions for enterprises and start-ups across China. IBM's capabilities in IT consulting, deep industry expertise and enterprise apps provide an opportunity to fully unlock the value of the mobile enterprise that will transform industries and professions." said Bridget van Kralingen, Senior Vice President of IBM.

About China Telecom
China Telecom has the largest fixed phone network and CDMA mobile phone network in the world, and is the largest ICT service provider in China to offer various integrated ICT information service for its subsidiaries in 31 provinces, including the telephone service, Internet access and application, data communication and mobile communication. China Telecom has a complete ICT service system and professional application service team. It signed with IBM on the SAP public cloud and private cloud solutions in 2014.

About IBM MobileFirst
IBM's 6,000 mobile experts have been at the forefront of mobile enterprise innovation. IBM has secured more than 4,300 patents in mobile, social and security, which have been incorporated into IBM MobileFirst solutions that enable enterprise clients to radically streamline and accelerate mobile adoption, help organizations engage more people and capture new markets. Through IBM's partnership with Apple, the two organizations are transforming enterprise mobility with a new class of industry specific business apps. For more information on IBM MobileFirst, visit the press kit or www.ibm.com/mobilefirst. Follow @IBMMobile on Twitter, and see IBM MobileFirst on YouTube, Tumblr and Facebook.

Contact
Alicia Buksar
IBM Media Relations
+1-212-671-9264 
aabuksar@us.ibm.com

Niu Yantao
IBM Media Relations, China
+8610 63613205
Yantniu@cn.ibm.com

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