Reliance Jio And Vodafone Consortium Launch BBG Submarine Cable

Reliance Jio-And-Vodafone-Consortium-Launch-BBG-Submarine-CableReliance Jio and Vodafone consortium has announced the launch of a new, state of the art 8,100 km submarine cable system, the Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG).

BBG provides direct connectivity to South East Asia and the Middle East, then onward to Europe, Africa and Far East Asia through seamless interconnection with existing cable systems.

Reliance Jio owns and operates the strategically important undersea cable landing facility in Chennai, providing a high-speed, high-capacity, low latency route connecting India to the rest of the world.

“We are excited about the launch of BBG as it offers not just direct connectivity in and out of India through Chennai and Mumbai but also acts as a state-of-the-art 100 Gbps extension of Jio’s 100 Gbps core network,” said Mathew Oommen, president, Reliance Jio.

“This global connectivity brings key international content hubs closer to our customers, delivering a much richer experience as an important part of driving India’s broadband adoption, enabling consumers to shift away from the current high-cost low value propositions,” added Oommen.

Providing robust, reliable, low latency connectivity, BBG strengthens one of the fastest growing global internet routes. BBG has deployed the latest submarine cable 100 Gbps transmission technology, utilizing wavelength add/drop branching units along the route, with an initial equipped capacity of 9 terabits per second.

In addition to Reliance Jio, the BBG partners include: Dialog Axiata of Sri Lanka, Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates, Omantel of Sultanate of Oman, Telekom Malaysia Berhad of Malaysia and Vodafone of United Kingdom.

BBG is one of the new cable systems in the region in which Reliance Jio has invested as part of its broadband plans.

Linking Malaysia and Singapore to Oman and the UAE, with branches to India and Sri Lanka the cable provides ample diversity to South East Asia- India – Middle East – Europe routes. This cable can be suitably used in addition to existing cable systems like SMW4/IMEWE/EIG/i2i.

BBG can be used to interconnect with existing land and undersea cables at Oman and UAE for Europe, Middle East and Africa and similarly at Malaysia and Singapore for Far East Asia all the way to the US.

BBG uses the most advanced high-speed broadband fibre optic technology; dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) which allows the capacity to be increased at will without any additional submarine intervention. The initial equipped capacity of the system is a mammoth 9Tb/s and a staggering design capacity of 55Tb/s.

BBG is a unique cable that moves away from the traditional MIU KM model and adopts the more innovative and cost effective digital line section (“DLS”) based model. This implies that the capacity is better utilized as there is no need to reserve a portion of the total capacity for congestion. It also allows each member of the consortium to carry out an upgrade when required and where required.

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