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Jio working on world's largest undersea cable system to support demand in data

The high capacity and high-speed systems will provide more than 200 Tbps of capacity spanning over 16,000 kilometres. IAX is expected to be ready for service mid-2023 while IEX will be ready for service in early 2024

twitter-logoYasmin Ahmed | May 18, 2021 | Updated 13:56 IST
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Highlights

  • Reliance Jio has announced that it will construct the largest international submarine cable system centered in India.
  • The IAX system connects India eastbound to Singapore and beyond while the IEX system connects India westbound to the Middle East and Europe.
  • IAX is expected to be ready for service mid-2023 while IEX will be ready for service in early 2024.

Reliance Jio has announced that it will construct the largest international submarine cable system centred in India. In conjunction with several key global partners and world-class submarine cable supplier SubCom, Jio is currently deploying two next-generation cables to support the extraordinary 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. These high-capacity and high-speed systems will provide more than 200 Tbps of capacity spanning over 16,000 kilometres.

The IAX system connects India, the world's fastest-growing economy, 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, and additional landings in the Middle East and North Africa.

Apart from the seamless connection of IAX and IEX sub-sea systems, the two systems are also connected to Reliance Jio global fiber network beyond the Asia Pacific and Europe, connecting to both the east and west coast of the United States. IAX is expected to be ready for service mid-2023 while IEX will be ready for service in early 2024, the company said.

"IAX and IEX will enhance the ability for consumer and enterprise users to access content and cloud services in and out of India," Jio said Jio. "For the first time in the history of fiber optic submarine telecommunications, these systems place India at the centre of the international network map, recognising India's increased importance, staggering growth and the quantum shift in data use since the launch of Jio services in 2016."

Employing open system technology and the latest wavelength switched RoADM and branching units ensures rapid upgrade deployment and the ultimate flexibility to add or drop waves across multiple locations, the company notes

"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 first-of-its-kind, India-centric IAX and IEX sub-sea systems," said Mathew Oommen, President of 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."

India's first-ever undersea optical cable fiber project Chennai-Andaman and Nicobar Islands (CANI) aimed at improving network connectivity in the islands was launched last year in August to provide modern telecom connectivity to the people of Andaman and Nicobar Islands.


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