Rel Jio, others tie up to lay undersea cable

Written by feBureau | New Delhi | Updated: May 1 2013, 09:15am hrs
Reliance Jio Infocomm, the telecom arm of Reliance Industries, on Tuesday said it has joined a consortium of telecom companies building an 8,000-km undersea cable system to link Malaysia and Singapore with West Asia.

The Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) cable system, which will have connections to India (Chennai and Mumbai) and Sri Lanka, is expected to carry commercial traffic by end of 2014, the Mukesh Ambani-promoted group said in a statement. Other members of the consortium include Telekom Malaysia Berhad (Malaysia), Vodafone Group (UK), Omantel (Oman), Etisalat (UAE) and Dialog Axiata (Sri Lanka)

The construction of BBG is planned not only to provide connectivity between South East Asia, South Asia and West Asia, but also to Europe, Africa and to the Far East Asia through interconnections with other existing and newly built cable systems landing in India, West Asia and the Far East Asia, the company said.

Last week, Reliance Jio Infocomm signed an international data connectivity pact with Bharti Airtel, expressing its intent of entering partnerships as it ventures into the telecom space for the second time.