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Mobiles to get data back-up services

CHINA Telecom and EMC Corp yesterday launched an online data back-up service for personal computer users and plan to expand the service to more than 700 million mobile phone users in six months in a first for the domestic market.

"Telecommunications carriers will more and more depend on value-added services like this because traditional voice income is shrinking," said Wu Wenzhao, a telecommunications analyst at Analysys International, a Beijing-based IT research firm.

Based on the new E-Yun service, the new facility allows users to store information in China Telecom databases and restore it through the Internet if the information is lost or accidentally deleted. United States-based EMC, the world's biggest storage technology firm, is providing support for the service, the two companies said.

"It's the first time that a telecommunications carrier is launching the service," said Qian Minghai, general manager of China Telecom's Shanghai Internet business. "It has a big potential market because we have strong technology and huge user base."

In the US, more than 1 million people choose to safeguard data via back-up services. Every user takes about 27 gigabytes, according to Charles Fan, EMC's vice president.

For personal computers, the companies are providing every registered user in China 2 gigabytes of online space. If more space is required, users will be charged 15 yuan (US$2.20) a month for 10 gigabytes and 40 yuan for 300 gigabytes.

China Telecom will launch an online back-up service for corporate users by the end of this year.

It will also kick off the services to handsets in the next six months, Qian said.

The handset-based back-up services are undergoing testing and are expected to support a majority of handsets.



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