NEC Corporation India announced the completion of its flagship optical submarine cable system between Chennai and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands (A&N Islands) for state-owned Indian operator Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).
In a statement, NEC Aalok Kumar, NEC Corporation India president, and CEO said, the completion of the project marked a “major milestone” in the partnership between NEC and the Indian government, "to realise their vision of a truly connected India.“
"We are hopeful that the internet connectivity will open a wide range of opportunities for the people on the islands”, added Kumar.
The cable system spans approximately 2,300km, with 100gb/s optical waves, connecting Chennai to Port Blair and the islands of Havelock, Little Andaman (Hutbay), Car Nicobar, Kamorta, the Great Nicobar Islands, Long Island, and Rangat.
It will provide the A&N Islands with “ample bandwidth” for supporting voice and data services, but also support the establishment of new businesses and e-commerce facilities, noted NEC.
Schools and universities are expected to tap into the boosted connectivity, which will also support the government’s Digital India campaign to ensure government services are made available to citizens electronically.
"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, NEC submarine network division general manager.
"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."