Reliance Jio announced that it is starting construction of the largest international submarine cable system centered on India.
Reliance Jio – Connecting Two Continents with Fiber
Jio is partnering with several key global partners and submarine cable supplier SubCom. Notably, the telco is currently deploying two next generation cables to support the extraordinary growth in data demand across the region.
First, the India-Asia-Xpress (IAX) system connects India eastbound to Singapore and beyond. Second, the India-Europe-Xpress (IEX) system connects India westbound to the Middle East and Europe.
The systems will seamlessly interconnect as well as connect to the world’s top interexchange points and content hubs for extension of service globally. IAX and IEX will enhance the ability for consumer and enterprise users to access content and cloud services in and out of India.
Reliance Jio said in a press release that this project will place India at the center of the international network map, recognizing India’s increased importance, staggering growth, and the quantum shift in data use since the launch of Jio services in 2016.
The Fiber Cables
Firstly, the IAX system connects India to Asia Pacific markets with express connectivity from Mumbai and Chennai to Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore.
The second cable, the IEX system, extends India’s connectivity to Italy, landing in Savona. There are also additional landings in the Middle East and North Africa. Furthermore, the telco said that the two systems will also connect to the east and west coast of the USA.
The telco expects IAX to be ready for service mid-2023, while IEX will be ready for service in early 2024.
These high capacity and high-speed systems will provide more than 200Tbps of capacity spanning over 16,000 kilometers. 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 Mr. Mathew Oommen, President, Reliance Jio.
“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”, he further added.