BSNL, NECTI To Connect Chennai, A&N Islands With Optical Submarine Cable For Voice & Data Connectivity


India’s state-owned telecom service operator BSNL has joined hands with NEC Technologies India (NECTI) to design and install an optical cable submarine system that will connect Andaman and Nicobar Islands with Chennai. The design and installation will be done by the Indian subsidiary of the Japanese tech major NEC.  The undersea optical cable is being laid to improve internet and voice connectivity in the islands. This will in turn help implement e-governance initiative and also improve the penetration of e-commerce websites and services in India’s largest union territory.

Project Specifications:

The project will see close 2,300 kilometers worth undersea cable being laid and this will carry 100 Gbps optical waves. It will feature a system that consists of seven segments that won’t feature repeaters between islands of Little Andaman (Hutbay), Kamorta, Havelock, Car Nicobar, Long Island, Rangat and Great Nicobar Islands. The system will also feature one segment that will feature repeaters being laid in the stretch between Chennai and the territory’s capital, Port Blair, according to a statement released by the state-owned telecom operator.

Developing the Region’s Internet and Voice connectivity:

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” said the Chairman and Managing Director of BSNL, Anupam Shrivatsava. He further added that “This project will enable much-needed high-capacity connectivity with the Andaman Islands and usher a new era of development for the region”.

NECTI were delighted to secure this deal and its General Manager, Submarine Division, Toru Kawauchi stated, “Together with NECTI, our local Indian affiliate, we intend to fully capitalize on our regional expertise and to ensure the successful completion of this project”. He went on to add “Connecting the A&N Islands to the Indian subcontinent with an optical submarine cable has been a long-time aspiration. NEC is extremely proud of being chosen by BSNL to serve these islands with its cutting-edge submarine cable solution, which promises to bring the A&N Islands much closer to the world”

The submarine optic cable is all set to increase the data coverage in the island and it will also aid educational institutions to help gain access to knowledge. Another key goal of this project is to contribute towards the government’s goal of Digital India. Under this initiative, the government is looking to bring all essential government services available to the public online which makes them accessible with ease. Previously this was a challenge with the island owing to the limited internet connectivity in this region. BSNL will certainly be pleased to extend its network connectivity to the region and it will be keen on tapping into the islands’ potential.

NEC’s Role in the project:

NEC Technologies India has beaten the likes of Huawei India to secure this undersea cable contract from BSNL. The parent company of NECTI, NEC Corporation will be manufacturing the cables and also provide assistance for turnkey implementation, while NEC Technology India will be the point of contact for BSNL in the country and also provide technical support at a local level.

NEC Technology India’s Managing Director, Takayuki Inaba expressed his delight at being able to secure this deal for the company and said “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 a long history of successful implementation of numerous complex projects in the region”.


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