Reliance Jio expands India’s Connectivity to the World


Reliance Jio announces the launch of a new, state of the art 8,100 km 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.”

Providing robust, reliable, low latency connectivity, BBG strengthens one of the fastest growing global internet routes. BBG has deployed the latest submarine cable 100Gbps 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, Etisalat, Omantel, Telecom Malaysia, and Vodafone.

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

The Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) Consortium announced today that the 8,100 km submarine cable system, the first dark fibre system to be lit at 100G, is now operational and ready to handle the high bandwidth demands of new and emerging technologies and applications. 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.

Another first to the submarine cables world is that BBG provides pre-agreed highly attractive cable station interconnect rates making the cable highly predictable and viable economically.

The cable promises enhanced reliability as the marine route design is such that it avoids the busy and crowded Malacca Straits and other cable cut prone areas with diverse terrestrial connection directly to two Singapore PoPs.

The cable is owned by a group of high profile tier 1 global telecom operators such as Dialog Axiata of Sri Lanka, Etisalat of the United Arab Emirates, Omantel of Sultanate of Oman, Reliance Jio Infocomm of India, Telekom Malaysia Berhad of Malaysia and Vodafone of United Kingdom.

This move is the latest in a long line of carefully planned moved by Mukesh Ambani’s Jio which seeks to cement its place as a key player in India’s burgeoning telecom sector. The RIL-owned entity LYF has already launched some attractively priced 4G handsets and with Jio set to be unleashed soon, things are looking up for Jio.

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