According to Inidan news, Reliance Jio Infocomm will build two new submarine cable systems connecting Singapore and Europe, the India-Asia-Xpress (IAX) connecting Mumbai and Chennai, and the India-Europe-Xpress (IEX) connecting Mumbai to Europe. The IAX and IEX cables will provide direct connectivity to the top content hubs worldwide, and the deployment is set to boost India’s data availability.
The India-Asia-Xpress (IAX) will connect Mumbai and Chennai to Singapore and interconnect with other Far East countries towards the west coast of the US, while the India-Europe-Xpress (IEX) will connect Mumbai to Europe and interconnect to the east coast of the US.
The IAX and IEX systems will provide more than 100Tbps of capacity at transmission speeds of more than 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps), and would employ the latest wavelength switching and intelligent rerouting to ensure rapid upgrade and flexibility to switch waves across multiple locations.
The IAX and IEX cables are expected to be operational in two years or early 2023.
The undersea systems would offer direct access to global innovation centers and content hubs to deliver low latency and high reliability necessary for cloud and platform-driven digital applications and services, says the report.
The IAX and IEX cables will have multiple branching units, providing options to extend the connectivity with other southeastern Asian destinations, covering the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean, the Middle East, Northern Africa and other locations in the Mediterranean.
In 2017, Jio deployed AAE-1 submarine system, a 100 Gbps technology-based submarine system, stretching over 25,000 kilometres connecting major data centres in three continents with partners such as China Unicom, Etisalat, and Omantel.
It is said, certain leading OTT player will participate in the IAX and IEX projects.