Tuesday, April 30, 2013

RIL, Vodafone in consortium to build undersea cable

May 1,2013,Mumbai-

Reliance Jio Infocomm is fast-tracking its 4G rollout plans.

The Reliance Industries Ltd's firm has formed a consortium with five companies to construct and maintain an 8,000 km long Bay of Bengal Gateway submarine cable system connecting India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, and West Asia.

The consortium partners of Reliance Jio are Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Vodafone Group, Omantel, Etisalat and Dialog Axiata.

The cable system will link all these countries with 100 Gbps technology and is expected to carry commercial traffic by the end of 2014.

The gateway will not only 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.

The participant companies came together to build this cable system, looking at increasing bandwidth demands faced by their respective broadband subscriber base.

For RIL, which is looking to expand its 4G network across India in the shortest time possible, the extra bandwidth from this cable system is more than welcome. This will help in making its network more robust and cost-effective, translating into lower 4G costs for subscribers.

It may also gain access to international 4G standards – FDD-LTE, which is currently unavailable in India, as the only 4G band in the country is TD-LTE.

Last week, Reliance Industries signed a submarine cable deal with Bharti Airtel to lease out capacity on Bharti's Chennai-Singapore route.
News From: http://www.7StarNews.com

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