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21Vianet Forms Strategic Partnership With China Academy of Telecom Research

BEIJING, Nov. 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- 21Vianet Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:VNET) ("21Vianet" or the "Company"), the largest carrier-neutral Internet data center services provider in China, today announced a strategic partnership with China Academy of Telecommunications Research ("CATR"), a division of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology ("MIIT").

Pursuant to the agreement, 21Vianet and CATR will closely collaborate on multi-level, cutting-edge research and development initiatives in connection with the next-generation broadband industry in China. Key areas of research and development initiatives will include broadband network, mobile internet, cloud computing, big data, interconnection of data centers, infrastructure resource management and network security. The research will explore ways to optimize governance in the broadband industry, further stimulate innovations in China's Internet economy, and ultimately promote and incentivize participation and innovation by medium, small and micro enterprises and consumers.

"We are very excited about this strategic partnership with 21Vianet," commented Shumin Cao, president of CATR. "We are looking forward to closely collaborating with 21Vianet in the key areas outlined in the agreement and to contributing towards the national strategic priority of building strong Internet infrastructure throughout China."

Mr. Josh Chen, Chairman and CEO of 21Vianet, added: "We are honored to form this important partnership with CATR, the top government sponsored research institution in China's telecom industry. CATR shares our vision of building an open and mutually beneficial broadband ecosystem for all participants in the Chinese Internet industry. Under the Broadband China framework, we expect to cooperate with CATR on multiple levels and collectively help to strengthen the collaboration and innovation among industry participants, enterprises and consumers alike."

About 21Vianet

21Vianet Group, Inc. is the largest carrier-neutral internet data center services provider in China. 21Vianet provides hosting and related services, managed network services, cloud infrastructure services, and content delivery network services, improving the reliability, security and speed of its customers' internet infrastructure. Customers may locate their servers and networking equipment in 21Vianet's data centers and connect to China's internet backbone through 21Vianet's extensive fiber optic network. In addition, 21Vianet's proprietary smart routing technology enables customers' data to be delivered across the internet in a faster and more reliable manner. 21Vianet operates in 44 cities throughout China, servicing a diversified and loyal base of more than 2,000 customers that span numerous industries ranging from internet companies to government entities and blue-chip enterprises to small- to mid-sized enterprises.

About China Academy of Telecom Research

China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR) of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), its predecessor the China Academy of Posts and Communications of the former Ministry of Posts and Communications, was founded in 1994 and is a national research organization in telecom field directly under the leadership of the MIIT. It mainly performs support work for government, such as research on development planning, policies and regulations, network standards as well as carrying out of regulatory work. Meanwhile, it can also provide services for the industry, such as quality system certification of enterprises, telecom metrology and product test/certification as well as network planning/design and consultancy for enterprises.

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