Tokyo, Japan: NEC Corporation India (NEC India) said it has successfully completed the 2,300 km long optical submarine cable system for BSNL.
The undersea optical cable system now connects the southern Indian city of Chennai and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands (A&N Islands) in the Indian ocean.
This enables Indian government owned telecom enterprise BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) to provide high speed broadband connectivity to the remote Indian islands.
NEC Corporation, the parent company of NEC India, manufactured the optical submarine cable and provided technical assistance during the turnkey implementation.
“Completion of this important project marks a major milestone in NEC’s journey of partnering with the Government of India to realize their vision of a truly connected India,” said Aalok Kumar, President & CEO, NEC Corporation India.
“NEC has been steadfast in its commitment to deliver excellence in innovation in all our areas of operation and this project is a testament to our unwavering dedication. We are hopeful that the internet connectivity will open a wide range of opportunities for the people on the islands,” added Kumar.
Spanning approximately 2,300km with 100Gb/s optical waves, the cable system connects Chennai to Port Blair and the islands of Havelock, Little Andaman (Hutbay), Car Nicobar, Kamorta, the Great Nicobar Islands, Long Island and Rangat.
“I believe that our mission is to help connect people and nations all over the world, making it possible for individuals to access data and information universally,” said Atsushi Kuwahara, GM – Submarine Network Division, NEC.
“I am proud to have completed this important project in cooperation with BSNL and NEC Corporation India, and look forward to seeing this cutting edge system contribute to a brighter society and the advancement of opportunities throughout the A&N Islands,” added Kuwahara.
The cable system provides the A&N Islands with ample bandwidth for supporting voice and data connectivity that enable the implementation of e-Governance initiatives, such as the establishment of new enterprises and e-commerce facilities.
The system is expected to assist educational institutes in the sharing of knowledge and will play a significant role in driving the “Digital India” vision.
Digital India is an Indian government initiative to ensure that government services are made available to citizens electronically.