Cyberport - Hong Kong Island
Cyberport is a unique community within Hong Kong that is tasked with becoming the world's foremost center of information and communications technology. It is wholly owned by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government by way of the Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited. It was announced in 1999 by the government as its response to a growing global trend toward technology research. The original intent of the Cyberport was to be a first step toward bringing China into the fray as a world leader in information technology. It was also designed to help local businesses take full advantage of the Internet, which was at the time still in the early stages of consumer proliferation.
Throughout the years, the Cyberport has developed into a unique community that houses technology, digital content and creative digital professional organizations. The entire facility has state-of-the-art technologies at the disposal of all of the tenants. All of the buildings have been designed with elements that are on the leading edge of efficiency and intelligent building. As the Cyberport develops more and more, it has become something of an incubator for the development of successful private technology and digital content companies.
In-Depth History of the Cyberport
As stated earlier, the Cyberport was initially announced in 1999. However, the beginnings of the facility go back much farther than that. In the early 1990s, the Internet was still in its infancy in regard to its commercial viability. At that time, very few people had access to the Internet in most Western countries, and access was even more limited in China. However, it was very apparent to the Chinese government that the Internet was going to be a game-changer. It had the potential to completely revolutionize the way people do business on a local and international level, so the Chinese government wanted to develop an infrastructure to help local businesses take advantage of that power.
The entire original purpose of the Cyberport was to prepare for the future. It was readily apparent early on that Chinese businesses were ill-equipped to fully take advantage of the Internet. The Cyberport was developed as a way to prepare these businesses for the future. After being announced, construction on the Cyberport began fairly quickly. The campus was placed on Telegraph Bay within close proximity to the business and financial districts of Hong Kong. This places the Cyberport in a perfect spot to provide the greatest level of service to businesses throughout Hong Kong.
Construction was finally finished between 2002 and 2004, with various parts of the campus being finished at different times. Aside from the technologically-advanced aspects of the campus, there is also a five-star hotel located on-site. A residential portion of the Cyberport was developed later on, and it was completed in 2008. The residential area of the Cyberport is built to hold 2,800 units for individuals and families. All residential and business tenants of the Cyberport can take advantage of the bleeding-edge technologies available throughout the campus.
Some of these high-technology amenities include a 10Gbit/s internal network, a 120 channel satellite master television system, ultra high-speed wireless network, and a unified message system that includes IP telephony. Tenants also have access to a top-quality media center, recreational facilities, an expo center, train station and the illustrious Le Meridien Cyberport Hotel. Not all of these amenities are included in the price of tenancy, however many of them are. For the things that are not included, there are often special deals available to regular tenants of the Cyberport campus. All technology amenities are freely available to those staying at the Cyberport.
The Cyberport and the Economy of Hong Kong
Many leading business experts have speculated that the current strength of the Chinese technology industry may not have been possible without initiatives like the Cyberport. The Cyberport came around at a time when China was not ready to compete with the west in research and development. China had a massive manufacturing base already, but business owners had very limited resources when it came to the distribution of the things they created. While there is no way to be sure one way or the other, many experts agree that it's unlikely that China would have been able to take full advantage of the Internet without the Cyberport.
While the Cyberport has played an important role in China's recent past, it is also looking toward the future. New initiatives are always being planned through the Cyberport to help keep China's business owners on the front lines of digital commerce. As the world becomes more and more reliant upon the Internet for every aspect of business, the further development of the Cyberport is almost guaranteed. Thanks to the immensely positive impact the Cyberport has had on the Chinese economy, it is regarded as one of China's most intelligent investments.