R-Jio,Vodafone join consortium to build undersea cable system

The cable system is expected to carry commercial traffic by end of 2014.

Written by ENS Economic Bureau | Mumbai | Published: May 1, 2013 1:10:41 am

A group of telecom companies,including Vodafone and Reliance Industries have joined hands to build an undersea cable system across the Indian Ocean. The cable system is expected to carry commercial traffic by end of 2014.

The consortium members — Telekom Malaysia Berhad (Malaysia),Vodafone Group (UK),Omantel (Oman),Etisalat (UAE),Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (India) and Dialog Axiata (Sri Lanka) — signed the construction and maintenance agreement and the supply contract for the establishment of the Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) submarine cable system in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday.

The BBG submarine cable system,spanning approximately 8,000 km,will link Malaysia (through Penang) and Singapore to the Middle East (Oman and UAE) with connections reaching out to India (Mumbai and Chennai) and Sri Lanka.

“The construction of BBG is planned not only to provide connectivity between South East Asia,South Asia and the Middle East,but also to Europe,Africa and to the Far East Asia through interconnections with other existing and newly built cable systems landing in India,the Middle East and the Far East Asia,” an RIL statement said.

The BBG cable system is designed to provide upgradable and transmission facilities by adopting the 100 Gbps technology.

“The construction of this cable system is a clear indication of the growing demand for bandwidth at the participating countries,” the statement said.

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