Reliance Jio, the name which took the Indian telecom sector by storm last year by gaining over 100 million 4G mobile subscribers in just over an year, has announced that it will soon be launching its very own submarine cable system with 100Gbps capacity. The new system will be linking Asia-Africa-Europe (AAE-1).
According to Reliance Jio, the AAE-1 system longest 100Gbps-technology based submarine system, and it will stretch over a distance of 25,000 km.
For the uninitiated, a submarine cable system basically consists of telecom and internet cables on the seabed between land-based stations. They are responsible for carrying out telecommunication and data signals across stretches of oceans all around the world.
The new cable system will stretch from Marseille in France and go all the way to Hong Kong. There are going to be total of 21 cable landings across Asia and Europe.
Jio claims that the cable system’s design and route will ensure lowest latency routes between Hong Kong, India, Middle East and Europe. AAE-1 cable system deploys 100Gbps transmission technology, with a minimum design capacity of 40 Tbps.
According to Jio’s statement, the project is the combined work of some of the top telecom service providers from Europe, Asia and the Middle East. The submarine cable system once completed will have important Points of Presence (PoP) in Hong Kong and Singapore, and three onward connectivity options in Europe via France, Italy and Greece. Reliance Jio is the one responsible for providing the Network Operations and Management for this submarine cable system.
According to Mathew Oommen, president, Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd., the new submarine cable system is the telecom’s effort to keep providing its customers with the best offers and connectivity. He said, “The new terabit capacity and 100 Gbps direct connectivity to global content hubs and interconnection points ensure that Jio will continue to offer its customers the most exceptional high speed internet and digital service experience.”
“We are excited to participate in the launch and deliver the cable landing in Mumbai at the time when India’s data traffic continues its accelerated data consumption and growth,” he added.
The cable system will help in meeting the growing demand for video-centric data bandwidth in India, which has substantially grown in the last year, courtesy Jio’s entry. Jio’s AAE-1 will also link with other cable systems and fiber networks and deliver direct access to all international markets.