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BSNL to Relay Submarine Cable System Between Chennai and Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), the Indian government enterprise, and NEC Technologies India (NECTI) have now announced that a purchase order has been placed by BSNL for NECTI to design, engineer, supply, install, test and implement an optical submarine cable system connecting Chennai and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. NEC Corporation, the parent company of NECTI, will manufacture the optical submarine cable and provide technical assistance during the turnkey implementation. The contract is for a system that includes a segment with repeaters from Chennai to Port Blair and seven segments without repeaters between the islands of Havelock, Little Andaman (Hutbay), Car Nicobar, Kamorta, the Great Nicobar Islands, Long Island and Rangat. The total cable length will be approximately 2,300 kms and carry 100Gb/s optical waves.

The relay of cable system will provide the A&N Islands with sufficient bandwidth for supporting voice and data connectivity that enable the implementation of e-Governance initiatives, such as the establishment of enterprises and e-commerce facilities. Furthermore, the system will also assist educational institutes in the sharing of knowledge and will play a significant role in driving the “Digital India” vision, which is the campaign launched by the Government of India to ensure that Government services are made available to citizens electronically.

”BSNL is pleased to select NEC for implementing this prestigious project. We trust NEC for the technological edge they hold in the domain and their commitment to adherence of timelines to ensure successful completion of the project. This project will enable much needed high capacity connectivity with the Andaman Islands and usher a new era of development for the region,” said Mr Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman and Managing Director BSNL.

”It is indeed a matter of great privilege and pride for NECTI to be given the opportunity for implementing this project of immense national importance. We are confident about successfully completing the project by leveraging the technological edge of NEC and a long history of successful implementation of numerous complex projects in the region,” said Takayuki Inaba, Managing Director of NECTI.

BSNL has been waiting for a long time to connect the A&N Islands to the Indian subcontinent with the optical submarine cable system, and thanks to the support from NEC, the telco will be now relaying the cable system.