China Mobile International (CMI) expands into Frankfurt RheinMain and opens data center in Mörfelden-Walldorf -

China Mobile International (CMI), the world’s largest mobile communications provider based on client base, has opened a new data center in Frankfurt RheinMain. According to information provided by the company, the data center will serve as an important addition to CMI’s global network and as an internet data center (IDC) for the company’s international customers. The new center in Mörfelden-Walldorf is the first of its kind for CMI on the European continent and the first Chinese-owned data center in Frankfurt RheinMain.

CMI’s growth into the region was supported by the FrankfurtRheinMain GmbH International Marketing of the Region (FRM GmbH) in close cooperation with the economic development board of County Groß-Gerau and the city of Mörfelden-Walldorf.                                                                                                     

“Our China Team has been in close contact with the company since 2014. After we assisted CMI with the opening of a sales office, we quickly learned of their further expansion plans and were able to convince them of the advantages of a location in our region,” says Eric Menges, CEO of FRM GmbH. “With this expansion, our region reinforces its role as the leading European location in the field of data centers and data management. Nearly 60 data centers are now benefitting from the excellent telecommunications and internet infrastructure here.”

China Mobile International is the global arm of state-owned China Mobile. At present, China Mobile owns and operates more than 70 land and undersea cables across the world. Present in 180 locations worldwide, China Mobile is a Fortune 500 company and listed on both the Hong Kong and New York stock exchanges. The company posted a yearly revenue of 108 billion US dollars in 2019 and counts around 457,000 employees.

“The RheinMain Region is emerging as a sought-after location for international investments in IT and digitization,” explains Dr. Rainer Waldschmidt, CEO of Hessen Trade & Invest GmbH. “Our goal as the state’s economic developers is to consolidate Hessen’s position as the leading European digital region. With the expansion of digital infrastructure, we are creating the optimal conditions for international investors as they establish a presence here, thereby creating value in our region. We therefore emphatically welcome the opening of the CMI data center in Mörfelden.”

In the course of expanding their German activities, China Mobile International took over a pre-existing data center in Mörfelden. According to their own estimates, the company will invest 80 million Euros in the location and create 20 jobs.