PM Modi HIGHLIGHTS: Ultra fast 4G in Andaman by Airtel; undersea telecom cable to boost digital connectivity

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Updated: August 10, 2020 11:56:32 am

PM Modi LIVE: PM Modi has inaugurated the submarine Optical Fibre Cable, connecting Chennai and Port Blair. Sunil Mittal Bharti's Airtel has followed up the launch with rolling out its own ‘Ultra-Fast 4G’ services in the islands.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi HIGHLIGHTS

PM Modi LIVE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC), connecting Chennai and Port Blair, on Monday, via videoconferencing as the government looks to connect remote Indian areas with other other regions of the country. The same is also expected to provide a major push to e-commerce, small businesses, tourism and employment in the islands region, PM Modi sad. In 21st century, connectivity will play a crucial role in port trade and hence there is a need to strengthen connectivity in island regions, he said, adding that the government looks to boost trade in islands. Meanwhile, Bharti Airtel has followed up on the OFC launch with rolling out its own Ultra 4G services in the islands. “Everyone will be able to avail the benefits of all kinds of online services amid the pandemic. Andaman and Nicobar Islands will now face no problem in connecting virtually to the world,” the Prime Minister said during a virtual interaction on the islands, earlier, which was also attended by BJP chief J P Nadda. The cable will also connect Port Blair to Swaraj Dweep (formerly named Havelock Island), Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Kamorta, Great Nicobar, Long Island, and Rangat. Earlier, PM Modi had laid the foundation stone for the project on December 30, 2018 in Port Blair.

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Highlights

    11:37 (IST)10 Aug 2020
    OFC project marks major milestone in India’s digital transformation journey, says Airtel

    “The new fiber link marks a major milestone in India’s digital transformation journey as this critical infrastructure reaches the strategic archipelago. We are grateful to the Hon’ble Prime Minister for taking the time to launch this key digital infrastructure," Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Airtel said. 

    11:36 (IST)10 Aug 2020
    Airtel becomes first telecom to launch ‘Ultra-Fast 4G’ services in Andaman and Nicobar

    "With the commissioning of the fiber link, Airtel has become the first mobile operator to launch ‘Ultra-Fast 4G’ services in Andaman and Nicobar. The blazing fast speeds on Airtel’s 4G network will deliver a world-class digital experience to customers on the islands," Bharti Airtel said in a statement.

    11:35 (IST)10 Aug 2020
    4G internet to get a boost with OFC project

    4G mobile services, which were constrained due to limited backhaul bandwidth provided via satellite will also see a major improvement.

    11:34 (IST)10 Aug 2020
    Project pegged at this much crore completed in time

    About 2300 Kms of Submarine OFC cable has been laid at a cost of about Rs 1224 Crore, and the project has been completed in time.

    11:29 (IST)10 Aug 2020
    Andaman and Nicobar strategically imp, will play important role in self-reliant India campaign: PM

    Noting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are strategically located for trade, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that the region is going to be developed as a "maritime and startup hub" as he highlighted his government's development initiatives for it. At an interaction with BJP workers from the region a day before he is to inaugurate a submarine optical fibre cable between Chennai and these group of islands, he said it will boost Internet connectivity in a big way.

    11:28 (IST)10 Aug 2020
    2,300-km cable will boost tourism in Andaman and Nicobar islands

    "2,300-km cable will not just boost digital connectivity of Andaman Islands with the mainland but also boost tourism. Tourists going to Andaman will get a huge benefit of this facility because better net connectivity has become the first priority of any tourist destination," PM Modi said.

    11:14 (IST)10 Aug 2020
    E-commerce, education to get a boost with digital connectivity

    With better internet connecivity, small enterprises will benefit from opportunities in e-commerce, while educational institutions will utilize the enhanced availability of bandwidth for e-learning and knowledge sharing. 

    11:03 (IST)10 Aug 2020
    Study starts to promote sea weed farming in islands, says PM

    Study has started to promote sea weed farming in islands, PM Modi said.

    10:59 (IST)10 Aug 2020
    21st century trade depends on high connectivity

    PM Modi said that the 21st century trade is highly dependent on high connectivity and port trade is no different.

    10:58 (IST)10 Aug 2020
    Submarine OFC to boost internet speed to this much

    The submarine OFC link will deliver bandwidth of 2 x 200 Gigabits per second (Gbps) between Chennai and Port Blair.

    10:54 (IST)10 Aug 2020
    Digital connectivity to enhance tourism and employment in islands

    Govt's digital connectivity project will help in enhancing tourism and employment in islands, PM Modi said.

    10:51 (IST)10 Aug 2020
    PM Modi says Andaman and Nicobar connectivity project bears testimony to govt's aim of boosting ease of living

    PM Modi said that the Andaman and Nicobar connectivity project bears testimony to the govt's aim of boosting ease of living.

    10:48 (IST)10 Aug 2020
    PM Modi says undersea broadband connectivity gift to islands before Independence Day

    PM Modi sayid that the undersea broadband connectivity project is a gift to islands before the Independence Day.

    10:43 (IST)10 Aug 2020
    PSU BSNL key to the project

    PSU BSNL was given the charge to lay cables for the project.

    10:42 (IST)10 Aug 2020
    Port Blair is as much industrial as Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, says PM

    Port Blair is as much an industrial region as Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai, PM said.

    10:41 (IST)10 Aug 2020
    PM Modi launches submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC)

    PM Modi has launched submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC), connecting Chennai and Port Blair, on Monday, via videoconferencing. 

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