NEW DELHI: Reliance Jio Infocomm (Jio) Monday said it is constructing submarine cable systems connecting India eastbound to Singapore and beyond, dubbed as the India-Asia-Xpress (IAX) and India westbound to the Middle East and Europe, via India-Europe-Xpress (IEX).

The telco is executing the projects in association with several key global partners and submarine cable suppliers SubCom, with an aim to support the “extraordinary growth” in data demand across the region.

The submarine cable systems are said to interconnect, as well as, connect to the leading interexchange points and content hubs for extension of service globally.
Jio says deploying submarine cable systems to Singapore; Middle East & Europe to address data demand“IAX and IEX will enhance the ability for consumer and enterprise users to access content and cloud services in and out of India,” it said.

These high capacity and high-speed systems will provide more than 200Tbps of capacity spanning over 16,000 kilometers, and will employ open system technology, as well as, wavelength switched RoADM/branching units.

“To meet the demands of Streaming Video, Remote Workforce, 5G, IoT, and beyond, Jio is taking a leadership role in the construction of the first of its kind, India-centric IAX, and IEX subsea systems,” said Mathew Oommen, President, Reliance Jio.

“Implementing these critical initiatives in the shadow of a global pandemic is a challenge, but the ongoing pandemic has only accelerated the digital transformation and the necessity of high-performance global connectivity for the delivery of a richer experience to enterprises and consumers,” Oommen added.

The IAX system connects India to Asia Pacific markets with express connectivity from Mumbai and Chennai to Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore, while The IEX system extends India’s connectivity to Italy, landing in Savona, and additional landings in the Middle East and North Africa.

Additionally, the two systems are also connected to the Reliance Jio Global Fiber Network beyond the Asia Pacific and Europe, connecting to both the east and west coast of the USA.

IAX is expected to be ready for service in mid-2023, while IEX will be ready for service in early 2024.

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