Telecom giants team up on Europe-India cable plan
Posted in: Internet Use/New Technologies at 09/05/2008 14:18
The first direct, high-bandwidth optical-fibre submarine cable system from the UK to India is imminent with a construction and maintenance agreement signed between the 16 participating telecommunications companies Telecom Asia reports.
The cable will cost over US$700 million and participating companies are AT&T, Bharti Airtel, BT, Cable &Wireless, Djibouti Telecom, Du, Gibtelecom, IAM, Libyan Post, Telecom and Information Technology Company, MTN Group, Omantel, PT Comunicacoes, Saudi Telecom, Telecom Egypt, Telkom and Verizon Business.
The cable will connect three continents, be 15,000 km long with 13 landings in the UK, Portugal, Gibraltar, Morocco, Monaco, France, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, United Arab Emirates and India. It is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2010.
More information is available from the Telecom Asia report at www.telecomasia.net/article.php?type=article&id_article=8452.