12 July 2018
| James Pearce
NEC’s Indian subsidiary NECTI has been selected BSNL to design, engineer, supply, install and implement a subsea cable system connect India’s Chennai and the Adnaman and Nicobar Islands (A&N Islands).
The 2,300km cable will include seven segments without
repeaters linking the islands of Havelock, Little Andaman, Car
Nicobar, Kamorta, the Great Nicobar islands, Long Island and
Rangat in the Bay of Bengal, plus a section running from
Chennai to Port Blair.
The cable will provide the A&N Islands, which are
primarily part of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Union
Territory of India, with 100G optical waves, significantly
boosting bandwidth in the region.
BSNL, which is an indian state-owned telecoms company
headquartered in New Delhi, said the cable will boost capacity
in the region for both voice and data to support e-Governance
initiatives. The cable system will also be used to assist
educational institutes looking to share knowledge as part of
the "Digital India" campaign launched by the Indian government
"BSNL is pleased to select NEC for implementing this
prestigious project. We trust NEC for the technological edge
they hold in the domain and their commitment to adherence of
timelines to ensure successful completion of the project. This
project will enable much needed high capacity connectivity with
the Andaman Islands and usher a new era of development for the
region," said Anupam Shrivastava, chairman and managing
NEC Technologies India (NECTI) will carry out the work,
which includes full-scale design, engineering and installation
of the cable system. NEC itself will manufacture the optical
system, providing turnkey implementation.
Takayuki Inaba, managing director of NECTI, said: "It is
indeed a matter of great privilege and pride for NECTI to be
given the opportunity for implementing this project of immense
national importance. We are confident about successfully
completing the project by leveraging the technological edge of
NEC and long history of successful implementation of numerous
complex projects in the region."
For NEC, this is the latest subsea cable project to be
announced by the Japanese manufacturer after it was picked by a
consortium including Facebook, China Mobile International and
Amazon Web Services to deploy a cable connecting the US to Hong
Kong and Singapore. The 16,000-km optical high-speed cable will
link Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States and is expected
to be completed by Q4 of 2020
It is also involved in the construction, along with Alcatel
Submarine Networks, of a 9,500km subsea cable linking Japan to
Australia via Guam and backed by the likes of Google which
began in April.
"Connecting the A&N Islands to the Indian subcontinent
with an optical submarine cable has been a long-time
aspiration. NEC is extremely proud of being chosen by BSNL to
serve these islands with its cutting edge submarine cable
solution, which promises to bring the A&N Islands much
closer to the world," said Toru Kawauchi, GM of submarine
network division in NEC.
"Together with NECTI, our local Indian affiliate, we intend
to fully capitalize on our regional expertise and to ensure the
successful completion of this project."