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Airtel and Jio join undersea cable systems

As 5G systems are expected to roll out in the next fiscal year, telecom companies are working to set up the requisite infrastructure for it which includes undersea cables. Both Jio and Airtel have joined the fray as they have announced their participation in different undersea cable projects.

Bharti Airtel, currently India’s second largest telecom company, has announced its participation in a project called SEA-ME-WE-6 as an investor. The company is joining the project as a major investment and will be anchoring 20% of the total investment. The 19,200 km undersea cable will connect Singapore and France and will be one of the largest undersea cable systems globally. The project is expected to go live in 2025. This project will scale up India’s high-speed global network capacity to serve India’s growing economy.

Last year Jio, India’s largest telecom company, announced its plan to construct the world’s largest international submarine cable system centered in India. Jio along with several global partners is deploying two next-gen cables in two projects: IAX and IEX. The India-Asia-Xpress (IAX) system starts in Mumbai in the west and connects directly to Singapore, with additional landings in India, Malaysia and Thailand. The India-Europe-Xpress (IEX) system connects Mumbai to Milan, landing in Savona, Italy, and additional landings in the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean. IAX is expected to be ready for service by end of 2023, while IEX will be ready for service by mid-2024.

Submarine communication cables are very important for carrying data traffic across the world. In fact, as much as 90% of the data is carried over the undersea communication cables around the world. With subscribers consuming loads of OTT content, most of which is lying in the US and other countries, enhancing cable capacity has become necessary for communication providers.

Highlight by Aman Agarwal.

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