A consortium of network operators that includes Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited has signed an agreement to construct the Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) submarine cable system. The 8,000km cable system is expected to help support future high capacity network requirements as well as next generation Internet applications. This move by RIL to heavily invest in such a project comes at a time when the company is expanding its own 4G network. Last week the company announced its partnership with Bharti Airtel to use the latter’s i2i submarine cable to offer backhaul for its upcoming 4G network in the country.
The BBG cable system will be employing new technologies to support future high capacity networks and also provide speeds up to 100Gbps once activated by the end of 2014. The cable system is expected to span from Malaysia and Singapore through to the Middle East via India and Sri Lanka and besides providing connectivity in these regions will also be able to further connect areas like Europe and Africa through interconnections with existing cable systems in India and the Middle East.
Apart from Reliance Jio, other network operators who have signed agreement are Telekom Malaysia Berhad, Vodafone Group from the UK, Omantel from Oman, Etisalat from the Emirates and Dialog Axiata from Sri Lanka.