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Bay of Bengal Gateway cable starts after delay

Reliance Jio, Mukesh Ambani’s Rs 1.5 lakh crore telecom startup, on Monday announced the opening of the 8,100-km Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) cable system that connects India to the rest of world — directly to South East Asia and West Asia, then onward to Europe, Africa and the East Asia — through interconnection with existing cable systems.

This opening comes after a delay of over a year: the system was expected to carry commercial traffic by the end of 2014, after the international consortium members signed the Construction and Maintenance Agreement (C&MA) and the Supply Contract for BBG in Kuala Lumpur in April 2013.

The BBG international consortium members include Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) of Malaysia, Vodafone Group (UK), Omantel (Oman), Etisalat (UAE), Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (India), and Dialog Axiata (Sri Lanka).

“BBG is one of the new cable systems in the region in which Reliance Jio has invested as part of its broadband plans,” said a company statement without revealing the investments made by it.

Two branches of the ultra high-speed communications system would connect India at Chennai on east coast and Mumbai on the west coast. Reliance Jio owns and operates the strategically important undersea cable landing facility in Chennai, while the Mumbai landing of the BBG submarine cable is being handled by Vodafone.

On March 31, Mukesh Ambani said that Reliance Industries had made an initial investment of Rs 1.5 lakh crore in Reliance Jio, which is set to commercially launch its much-delayed 4G mobile phone and digital services in the second half of 2016.

Mathew Oommen, president of Reliance Jio said that BBG offers not just direct connectivity in and out of India through Chennai and Mumbai, but also acts as a state-of-the-art 100 Gbps extension of Jio’s 100 Gbps core network.

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