Scatmag.com

February 2020

ANDAMAN ISLANDS TO GET FAST INTERNET


The Andaman and Nicobar (A&N) islands are located far away from the East coast of India. They are provided internet connectivity via a geo orbit satellite, resulting in poor latency & a limited capacity of just 3.2 Gbps.


UNDERSEA LINK

The Indian government's first undersea optical fiber link will provide high speed broadband to the A&N islands. The OFC link will provide a bandwidth of 400Gbps (over 100 times the existing capacity) when initially commissioned in June this year.

The project will connect Port Blair to 7 other islands such as Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Kamorta, Great Nicobar, Havelock, Long Island and Rangat. The total 2250km link distance consists of 1450 km for Chennai-Port Blair and 800kms for the other 7 segments.




COMPLETE BY JUNE 2020

The cable laying was flagged off in January by Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications, Electronics & IT, Law and Justice, and Admiral D.K. Joshi, Lt Governor of the A&N islands.



JAPANESE TECH

The ₹ 1,224 Crore undersea link has a life of 25 years & will be laid by NEC Technologies, Japan, with BSNL involved in project execution.

Bandwidth will also be made available to all telecom service providers & to our defence forces.

"The link will also benefit the niche, non-polluting industries that we plan to develop on the A&N islands" Admiral DK Joshi the Lt Governor of the A&N islands, told the press.

Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "It is for the first time that such a gigantic exercise is being taken up in India. We have also approved the laying of cables from Kochi to Lakshadweep-Kavaratti on the Western side." n