Reliance connects US and Asia with hi-speed data link

Written by Diksha Dutta | Diksha Dutta | Cyprus | Updated: Dec 20 2011, 06:59am hrs
Reliance Globalcom, the global enterprise division of Anil Ambanis Reliance Communications, has set up a high-speed data link that provides US and European companies with connectivity to Asia and West Asia following the establishment of a new Mediterranean gateway and hub.

Connectivity between the diverse geographic regions is facilitated through integration of Reliance Globalcoms next-generation Hawk submarine cable system with the gateway and hub set up at Cyprus. This network will connect the region with the fastest 3G4G markets of India, West Asia and Asia covering 60% of the world population to Europe.

The company has already invested $250-300 million in the Mediterranean region in over two-and-a-half years. Hawk offers connectivity to the Mediterranean hub that will help our 2,000 multinational customers extend their network in new regions, leveraging the global network of Reliance, said Punit Garg, president and CEO, Reliance Globalcom. The link will facilitate data transfer at a speed of 16 terabytes per second. With this, Reliance Globalcom now owns the only private cable system with end-to-end connectivity directly from India to the West Asia, Europe and USA.

The gateway and hub at Yeroskipos where the Hawk submarine cable system will land was set up under an agreement between Reliance and Cyprus fixed line and TV services firm PrimeTel for hubbing and gateway of the Mediterranean region. As per the deal, both companies will cooperate to connect customers to Reliances global network.

In the first quarter of 2012, this network will be integrated into Reliance Globalcoms Egyptian hub, thereby extending connectivity to its pan-Asia network linking more than 30 countries, added Garg.

The firm plans to set up four more landing stations in the Mediterranean region. The first one will come up in Egypt in between January and March 2012, while the remaining will be set up in the remaining part of the year, informed Garg.

The Mediterranean Gateway has been integrated into Reliance Globalcoms European network, which covers Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Amsterdam and the UK, amongst other countries. This gateway is also connected to Reliance Globalcoms USA Gateway in New York and Virginia. The Hawk system will have a significant impact on Europe and Cyprus economy in order to establish itself as a country for new emerging services, facilitated by increased international capacity and diverse cable routing.

Reliance Globalcom serves over 2,100 enterprises, 200 carriers and 2.5 m retail customers in 163 countries. Besides Hawk, it operates the FEA, FNAL, FA-1 and Falcon cable systems.

(Travel for the story was sponsored by Reliance Globalcom)