Apple has added China Telecom as a data center provider in China . A report from the Wall Street Journal says the move comes following 15 months of “stringent tests and evaluation” by the Fuzhou city government. Apple says all of the data on the servers is encrypted.
According to Reuters, Apple says the new data center will help improve the speed and reliability of iCloud and the iTunes Store in the region.
“Apple takes user security and privacy very seriously. We have added China Telecom to our list of data center providers to increase bandwidth and improve performance for our customers in mainland China,” it said.
This comes as relations between Apple and the Chinese government have become strained. The government recently labeled iOS device-based Location Services a “national concern.”