New Delhi, India and Tokyo, Japan – December 18, 2020 –NEC Corporation India (NEC India) today announced the successful completion of the flagship optical submarine cable system connecting Chennai, India and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands (A&N Islands) for Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), a Government of India Enterprise. NEC Corporation (NEC, TSE: 6701), the parent company of NEC India, manufactured the optical submarine cable and provided technical assistance during the turnkey implementation.
Commenting on the successful completion of the project, Aalok Kumar, President & CEO, NEC Corporation India said, “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. 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."
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, General Manager, 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."
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, a campaign launched by the Government of India to ensure that Government services are made available to citizens electronically.