Reliance Jio Infocomm, India’s top telecom operator by subscribers, said that it is constructing the largest international submarine cable systems centred on India.
These high-capacity and high-speed systems will provide more than 200Tbps of capacity spanning over 16,000 kilometres.
The Mukesh Ambani-led telco has joined hands with global partners and submarine cable supplier Subcom to cater to increased data demand across the region.
Jio said that the India-Asia-Xpress (IAX) system would connect India eastbound to Singapore and beyond, while the India-Europe-Xpress (IEX) system will connect India westbound to the Middle East and Europe.
The IAX system will connect India to Asia Pacific markets with express connectivity from Mumbai and Chennai to Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.
The IEX system, on the other hand, will extend India’s connectivity to Italy, landing in Savona, and additional landings in the Middle East and North Africa.
Jio said that IAX is likely to be ready for service mid-2023, while IEX will be ready for service in early 2024.
“Implementing these critical initiatives in the shadow of a global pandemic is a challenge, but the ongoing pandemic has only accelerated the digital transformation and the necessity of high-performance global connectivity for the delivery of a richer experience to enterprises and consumers,” Mathew Oommen, President, Reliance Jio said.
The telco said that cable systems would interconnect and connect to the world’s top interexchange points and content hubs for extension of service globally.
Both cable systems will enhance the ability of consumer and enterprise users to access content and cloud services in and out of India.
“Jio is at the forefront of India’s explosive growth in digital services and data consumption. To meet the demands of Streaming Video, Remote Workforce, 5G, IoT, and beyond, Jio is taking a leadership role in the construction of the first of its kind, India-centric IAX and IEX subsea systems,” Ommen added.
Apart from the seamless connection of the IAX and IEX sub-sea systems, the two systems are also connected to the Reliance Jio Global Fiber Network beyond Asia Pacific and Europe, connecting to both the east and west coast of the USA, the Mukesh Ambani-led telco said.
“For the first time in the history of fibre optic submarine telecommunications, these systems place India at the centre of the international network map, recognizing India’s increased importance, staggering growth, and the quantum shift in data use,” the telco said in a statement.
Jio said that it is using open system technology and the latest wavelength switched RoADM/branching units that will ensure rapid upgrade deployment and the ultimate flexibility to add/drop waves across multiple locations.