Henan, a densely populated province in Central China, has released a three-year plan to build up the province as the nation’s leading big data industry center by 2020, Yicai.com reported.

According to the government’s goal, in 2019 the value of the core big data industry, including data collection, storage and processing, should exceed 40 billion yuan (US$6.22 billion), while that of related sectors, such as intelligent terminal and electronic core infrastructure, should reach 200 billion yuan.

By 2020, both figures are expected to break 100 billion yuan and 500 billion yuan, respectively.

In 2016, Henan became the second batch of state-level big data trial zones approved by the State Council following the construction of Guizhou, which is now known as the “big data valley” of China. According to the report, 18 large-scale big data industrial parks in Henan are currently under construction.