Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, a part of Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries has signed an agreement with telecom services provider Bharti Airtel to use the latter’s undersea cable to extend its reach in Asia pacific region.
According to this agreement Bharti will provide Reliance Jio data capacity on its i2i submarine cable. With this tie up Reliance Jio can provide ultra fast connectivity to major hubs across Asia Pacific and also help them cope with the high demand for bandwidth it faces from its customers, the company said.
The i2i undersea cable link connects India to Singapore and is wholly owned by Bharti. The undersea cable is cable is constructed using 8 cable pairs of Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology, capable of supporting multiple terrabits of data per fiber pair.
Its landing points are at Chennai in India and Tuas in Singapore. Reliance Jio will utilize a dedicated fiber pair on i2i.
The telecom player, Bharti Airtel, owns a global network of submarine cable systems connecting Chennai to Singapore and is part of a consortium which owns SMW4 submarine cable system connecting Chennai and Mumbai to Singapore and Europe. The company also is a part owner of the new cable system called Asia America Gateway (AAG), India Middle East & Western Europe (IMEWE), Unity, EIG (Europe India Gateway) and East Africa Submarine System (EASSy). It also has terrestrial express connectivity to neighboring countries including Nepal, Pakistan, Bhutan and China.Only 3 weeks back had India faced an internet slowdown due to a sabotage on the SMW4. The SMW4 cable spans around 20,000 Kms and major telecom players in Asia like Tata communication, Bharati, ETISALAT, Singtel and Telecom Egypt are part owners of the cable.
Recently, the Ambani brothers who own telecom companies in the country, came to an agreement to share their infrastructure among their companies. Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm partnered with Anil Ambani’s Reliance Communications to use its inter-city fiber optic network infrastructure for a one time fee of Rs 1,200 cr.