NECTI to build submarine cable connecting Chennai and A&N Islands

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has given a purchase order to NECTI for design, engineer, supply, install, test and implement an optical submarine cable system connecting Chennai and Andaman & Nicobar Islands (A&N Islands).

NEC, the parent company of NECTI 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 total cable length will be approximately 2,300 km and carry 100 Gbps optical waves.

The cable system 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 knowledge sharing and will play a significant role in driving the “Digital India” vision of Government of India.

”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, BSNL.

”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, NECTI.