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Reliance Jio building largest international submarine cable system centred on India. India-Asia-Xpress (IAX) links India to Singapore and beyond, while India-Europe-Xpress (IEX) connects India to the Middle East and Europe.

Reliance Jio Infocomm, headed by Mukesh Ambani, announced that it would construct the world’s largest foreign submarine cable system centred on India.

The country will be the focal point of two new subsea cable networks designed to meet India’s increasing data usage needs.

Jio is currently installing two next-generation cables in collaboration with several primary global partners and world-class submarine cable provider SubCom to meet the region’s unprecedented rise in data demand, the company said in a statement.

All you need to know about the IAX and IEX platforms

India-Asia-Xpress (IAX) connects India to Singapore and beyond, while India-Europe-Xpress (IEX) connects India to the Middle East and Europe.

The networks can communicate effortlessly with one another and with the world’s top inter-exchange points and content centres, allowing for global service expansion. “IAX and IEX would improve customer and business users’ ability to access content and cloud resources both within and outside of India,” Jio said.

“For the first time in history of fibre optic submarine telecommunications, these systems put India on the international network map, recognising India’s increased prominence, staggering rise, and quantum shift in data usage since the launch of Jio services in 2016.”

These high-availability, high-speed networks can extend more than 16,000 kilometres and have more than 200 Tbps of capacity.

Employing open system technologies and cutting-edge wavelength switched RoADM/branching units enables accelerated upgrade rollout and the utmost versatility for adding or dropping waves through many locations.

“Jio is behind India’s rapid growth in digital services and data use. To meet the demands of online content, remote workers, 5G, and the Internet of Things, Jio is leading the way in the development of India’s first-of-its-kind IAX and IEX subsea systems based on Fibre Optic. “Mathew Oommen, Reliance Jio’s President, said.

“Implementing these vital policies in the midst of a global pandemic is difficult, but the current pandemic has intensified the digital revolution and the need of high-performance global integration for businesses and customers.”

With express connectivity from Mumbai and Chennai to Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore, the IAX infrastructure links India, the world’s fastest growing economy, to Asia Pacific markets.

The IEX system connects India to Italy, with a stopover in Savona and additional stops in the Middle East and North Africa.

Apart from the seamless connectivity of the IAX India-Asia-Xpress and IEX subsea networks, the two are both linked to Reliance Jio’s worldwide fibre network, which connects to both the east and west coasts of the United States.

IAX is expected to be operational by mid-2023, while IEX (India-Europe-Xpress) is expected to be operational by early 2024, the company said.

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