Indian 4G and mobile broadband digital service provider Reliance Jio Infocomm is constructing the largest international submarine cable system centred on India. Jio, in conjunction with global partners and submarine cable supplier SubCom, is currently deploying two next-generation cables to support the growth in data demand across the region.
The India-Asia-Xpress (IAX) system will connect India eastbound to Singapore and beyond, while the India-Europe-Xpress (IEX) system connects India westbound to the Middle East and Europe. The systems will also interconnect to the world’s top interexchange points for global connectivity services. Jio says IAX and IEX will enhance the ability for consumer and enterprise users to access content and cloud services in and out of India.
Thje company says that for the first time in the history of fibre optic submarine telecommunications, these systems place India at the centre of the international network map, recognising India’s increased importance, growth, and the quantum shift in data use since the launch of Jio services in 2016.These high-capacity and high-speed systems will provide more than 200Tbps of capacity spanning over 16,000 kilometres. Employing open system technology and the latest wavelength switched RoADM/branching units ensures rapid upgrade deployment and the ultimate flexibility to add/drop waves across multiple locations.
“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,” said Mathew Oommen, president, Reliance Jio. He added, “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.”
The IAX system connects India to Asia Pacific markets with express connectivity from Mumbai and Chennai to Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. The IEX system extends India’s connectivity to Italy, landing in Savona, with additional landings in the Middle East and North Africa. 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. IAX is expected to be ready for service mid-2023, while IEX will be ready for service in early 2024.
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