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Reliance, Vodafone joins global carries to build international submarine cable network

Reliance Jio Infocomm has joined hands with UK’s Vodafone Group Plc to build a submarine cable system.

Reliance Industries’ telecom arm, Reliance Jio Infocomm has joined hands with UK’s Vodafone Group Plc and other global carriers like Telekom Malaysia Bhd, Omantel, Etisalat and Sri Lanka-based Dialog Axiata to build a submarine cable system.

This submarine cable system is going to link Southeast Asia and Middle East.Later on this network will extend across Europe, Africa and Far East through interconnections with other existing and newly built cable systems.

This step taken by Reliance is an attempt to realize its long-term broadband ambitions and making its presence felt in soon to be launched 4G services.

Reliance has seen the huge potential in this business segment as next generations internet applications will required high bandwidth and current infrastructure is not able to meet the requirement.

“It will serve as an extraordinary opportunity for business growth as it will help supporting current and future high (bandwidth) capacity requirements from surrounding areas of the region as well as nextgen Internet applications. The markets are expected to see strong growth with the continuous efforts in embracing broadband technologies and infrastructure expansion ” RIL said.

Reliance will build a submarine cable system with UK’s Vodafone to link Southeast Asia and Middle East.Reliance Jio is also the only telecom operator from India to participate in the submarine cable system consortium.

The cable system is slated to carry commercial traffic by end-2014, the company said.
This is the second cable deal by Reliance Jio.RIL has recently joined hands with Bharti Airtel for bandwidth on Airtel’s submarine cable system.

“The 8,000-km Bay of Bengal Gateway or “BBG” undersea cable system linking Malaysia and Singapore with the Middle East will have connections reaching out to India and Sri Lanka,” RIL said on Tuesday.