Deutsche Telekom is extending its upcoming public cloud offering to the Chinese market with the help of Huawei.

The two companies have been collaborating on public cloud services since June this year. They have previously worked together on private cloud solutions.

DT said customers in Germany continue to test its public cloud offering, which it hopes will be ready for commercial rollout next year.

The move to China comes as DT cited forecasts of 30 percent annual growth in the country’s cloud market over the next three years.

Across its footprint, DT is aiming for annual revenue growth of 20 percent in cloud platforms in the same timeframe.

The Germany-based operator has said it wants to take the fight to Amazon and Google by creating a cloud rival.

It is part of a “Digital Silk Road” initiative set up by the Chinese cyberspace authority that plans to help companies between Europe and China become more digital.

In addition, DT and Huawei said they planned to work on research and development for new cloud solutions.

Dr Ferri Abolhassan, Managing Director of T-Systems and responsible for the IT Division, said: “Customers will receive both cost-effective resources as well as quality and reliability from German data centres with our product.

“We're unveiling this...in order to help Chinese businesses expand their operations into Europe.

“In a second step we are also planning to do the reverse with European businesses moving into China."

Huawei is just one of a number of vendors DT is working with.

The operator also namechecks SAP, Microsoft, Cisco, Salesforce, VMWare, Oracle, SugarCRM and Informatica as partners.

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