ChinaCache ICP Support
There are many rules and regulations put in place by the Chinese government when it comes to serving content in China. These laws are constantly in flux, which creates a challenge for companies around the world that want to access the China market.
According to a 2016 study commissioned by McKinsey & Company, 76 percent of China’s urban population, predicted to be in excess of 550 million people, will be considered “middle class” by 2022. The tremendous growth opportunity within the Chinese middle class has become a true focal point for most global businesses today. Yet accessing this market through its 800 million internet users has proven to be an even greater challenge for foreign companies due to complex Chinese government regulations and Internet infrastructure roadblocks. ChinaCache specializes in assisting global companies reach this Market with our technical and government compliance expertise.
The most effective option to reach this market is to host your content in China to be closest to your potential customers. Hosting in China requires an Internet Content Provider (ICP) filing also called “Bei-An” which is required by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) agency. The Chinese Government regulates and monitors every aspect of the Internet, including content, storage, and delivery. Hosting providers, including ChinaCache, are strictly forbidden to activate a client’s website in China until an official ICP filing or license has been obtained.
ChinaCache was established 1998 and MIIT introduced ICP regulations in 2000. We have a long history assisting clients with ICP, navigating the constant changes and challenges to successfully get customer content hosted and accelerated to the huge Chinese market place.
2018 New Rules and Stricter Enforcement: Domain Names & Chinese Entity
On November 27, 2017, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) issued new regulations regarding domain names for internet content services. The new rules take effect starting January 1, 2018 and impact any new ICP applications and potentially existing ICP holders who are not in accordance with the updated regulations.
The first requirement is that a company must established a legal business entity in China. This includes listing the primary executive in charge, along with other staff. The Hosting or CDN provider (e.g. ChinaCache), is required to validate the customer information before providing any hosting or CDN services. Establishing a business entity in China can be challenging. See our Business Entity page for additional details.
Secondly, the company must register their domain within China. The domain registration system must match with MIIT’s ICP/IP/Domain Name Information Management Platform (Bei'An Platform). Services will only be provided if the registered name of the domain is matched to what is on the Bei'An Platform. Thirdly, the origin must have a China IP address.
The risks of not complying with the new regulation will be that the ICP application will be rejected. Companies that circumvent the new regulations run the risk of their Domains being blocked or blacklisted by MIIT.
How can we help?
With more than 20 years of experience in helping foreign companies successfully secure ICP licenses, our diligent ICP team is here to help every step of the way, from preparing documents to submitting applications to MIIT, to ensure your company gets ICP license as fast as possible. For businesses that want to expand footprints into China but are not yet ready to apply for ICP, ChinaCahe offers RIM delivery as an alternative solution. If you have any concerns or special requirements, don't hesitate to contact us and we will work something out for you.