BSNL building submarine cable system from Chennai to Andaman & Nicobar Islands

State-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is building a 2,300-km optical submarine cable system between Chennai and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands that will be capable of carrying 100Gbps/s optical waves.

BSNL has awarded the contract for building the optical submarine cable system to NEC Technologies India. Under the deal, NEC will manufacture the optical submarine cable and provide technical assistance during the turnkey implementation.
The contract is for a system that includes a segment with repeaters from Chennai to Port Blair and seven segments without repeaters between the islands of Havelock, Little Andaman (Hutbay), Car Nicobar, Kamorta, the Great Nicobar Islands, Long Island and Rangat.
The cable system with a total length of approximately 2,300 km will provide the A&N Islands with sufficient bandwidth for supporting voice and data connectivity that enable the implementation of e-Governance initiatives, such as the establishment of enterprises and e-commerce facilities. The system will also assist educational institutes in the sharing of knowledge and will play a significant role in driving the "Digital India" vision that will ensure that government services are made available to citizens electronically.
"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 director of BSNL.
"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," said Takayuki Inaba, Managing Director of NECTI.