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Reliance Jio expands connectivity with new cable system

It provides direct connectivity to Southeast Asia and the Middle-East

Salil Panchal
Published: Apr 18, 2016 03:52:49 PM IST
Updated: Apr 18, 2016 05:55:20 PM IST
Reliance Jio expands connectivity with new cable system

Fourth-generation (4G) technology-based telecom and broadband wireless player Reliance Jio, part of the Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL), on Monday announced the launch of a new, state-of-the-art 8,100 km cable system, the Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG).  

BBG provides direct connectivity to Southeast Asia and the Middle East, then onward to Europe, Africa and Far East Asia through seamless interconnection with existing cable systems, Jio said in a statement.

Reliance Jio owns and operates the strategically important undersea cable landing facility in Chennai, providing a high-speed, high-capacity, low latency route connecting India to the rest of the world.

“This global connectivity brings key international content hubs closer to our customers, delivering a much richer experience as an important part of driving India’s broadband adoption,” says  Reliance Jio’s president Mathew Oommen.

BBG is one of the new cable systems in the region in which Reliance Jio has invested as part of its broadband plans. BBG also partners, besides Reliance Jio, Dialog Axiata, Etisalat, Omantel, Telecom Malaysia, and Vodafone.

BBG has deployed the latest submarine cable 100Gbps transmission technology, utilising wavelength add/drop branching units along the route, with an initial equipped capacity of 9 terabits per second, the statement says.

In December 2015, the oil-to-yarn and retail Reliance Industries conglomerate announced plans that its subsidiary Reliance Jio Infocomm would roll out 4G services for its vendors, business partners, employees and their families.  

The official commercial launch – which is expected to increase competition for market share from the existing pool of subscribers – is awaited.

Jio promises to revolutionise the telecom market by making mobile data services cheaper than ever before and accessible to a wide cross-section of India’s population cutting across geographic and economic boundaries. Besides mobile broadband and voice network, Jio aims to offer users a complete digital experience by bundling in content with the connection and enabling digital services, including in the fields of financial services, health care and education.    

Reliance has invested close to $15 billion in its new digital business so far and is banking on high volumes in subscriber base and data traffic to drive revenues and profitability.   

Disclaimer: Reliance Industries is the owner of Network 18, the publisher of Forbes India

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  • Devang Shah

    Great intiative..need of time to get economy data at fast speed.

    on Apr 18, 2016