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Jio launches longest 100Gbps-technology undersea cable

30 June 2017

Reliance Jio, which now boasts over 100 million 4G mobile subscribers in India, has announced the launch of its new submarine cable system with 100Gbps capacity.

The new system links Asia, Africa and Europe (AAE-1). In a press statement, Reliance Jio said the AAE-1 is longest 100Gbps-technology based submarine system, and stretching over a distance of 25,000 km.

''AAE-1, the longest 100Gbps technology based submarine system, will stretch over 25,000 km from Marseille, France, to Hong Kong, with 21 cable landings across Asia and Europe,'' the statement said.

Jio says it has worked with other telecom providers from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia for this cable network. The cable system has Points of Presence (PoP) in Hong Kong and Singapore, and three onward connectivity options in Europe. These are via France, Italy and Greece.

''With diversified Points of Presence (PoP) in Asia (Hong Kong and Singapore) and three onward connectivity options in Europe (via France, Italy and Greece), AAE-1 will provide the requisite flexibility and diversity for carriers and their customers,'' the company said. AAE-1 will pass through the critical hubs, serving the increasing demand for video-centric data bandwidth supporting all types of communications, applications, and content within India and beyond.

''The new terabit capacity and 100Gbps direct connectivity to global content hubs and interconnection points ensure that Jio will continue to offer its customers the most exceptional high speed internet and digital service experience,'' said Jio president Mathew Oommen in the press statement.

''We are excited to participate in the launch and deliver the cable landing in Mumbai at the time when India's data traffic continues its accelerated data consumption and growth,'' he added.

Jio says the new cable system will help deal with the burgeoning demand for video-centric data bandwidth, which has grown in India, especially after Jio's entry into the market. AAE-1 links with other cable systems and fibre networks to deliver direct access to all global markets, says the company.

The company is claiming the design, route of the new cable system will ensure lowest latency routes between Hong Kong, India, Middle East and Europe. Reliance Jio is providing the network operations and management for this submarine cable system.

AAE-1 cable system deploys 100Gbps transmission technology, with a minimum design capacity of 40 Tbps. The cable terminates in Singapore, but also continues further into Asia via Thailand connecting Vietnam, Cambodia and Hong Kong.

''Jio provides the Network Operations & Management for AAE-1 Cable System. The AAE-1 NOC, managed by Jio, leverages the state of the art facility in Navi Mumbai along with its advanced tools and automation,'' the statement added.

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