Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) connecting Chennai and Port Blair on 10th August, 2020.
The submarine cable will also connect Port Blair to Swaraj Dweep (Havelock), Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Kamorta, Great Nicobar, Long Island and Rangat. This connectivity will enable delivery of faster and more reliable mobile, landline and broadband services to Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
In Andaman & Nicobar project about 2,300 Km of submarine OFC cable has been laid at a cost of about Rs. 1,224 crore and the project has been completed in time. The submarine OFC link will deliver bandwidth of 2×200 Gigabits per second (Gbps) between Chennai and Port Blair and 2×100 Gbps between Port Blair and the other islands.
Provision of reliable, robust and high-speed telecom and broadband facilities in these Islands will be a landmark achievement. 4G mobile services, which were constrained due to limited backhaul bandwidth provided via satellite will also see a major improvement.
Enhanced telecom and broadband connectivity will boost tourism and employment generation in the Islands. Better connectivity will also facilitate delivery of e-Governance services such as tele-medicine and tele-education. Even small enterprises will benefit from opportunities in e-commerce, while educational institutions will utilize the enhanced availability of bandwidth for e-learning and knowledge sharing. Business Process Outsourcing services will also reap the benefits of better connectivity.
The project is funded by the Government of India through the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) and executed by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) while Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL) is technical consultant for the project.