(Yicai Global) Jan. 10 -- Apple will transfer the Chinese operations of its iCloud storage platform to a local company by the end of next month in line with regulatory requirements in the country, state-backed news outlet the People's Daily reported.
Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Co. (GCBD), owned by the local government of China's southwestern Guizhou province, will take over the administration of iCloud from Feb. 28
"Apple's cooperation with Guizhou-Cloud will allow us to continue to increase the speed and reliability of iCloud service as well as meet the new rules that China's cloud services must be operated by local enterprises," Apple Inc. said, and will inform users by e-mail and push notifications over the next seven weeks.
The handover will affect users whose Apple ID country is set to China. Service migration on an individual level will only take place once each user has browsed or received the official notification from the company.
GCBD will also operate a national data center that supports iCloud service, while Apple will register a company in the Gui'an New Area of Guizhou province to establish a data hub. iCloud Gui'an New Area Master Data Hub will be Apple's first data center in China and will store data of Chinese Apple users.