Reliance Jio has announced the launch of the Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG), a 8,100 km cable system that will provide high speed connectivity to South East Asia and the Middle East. This would then link to Europe, Africa and Far East Asia via interconnection with existing cable systems. The company already owns and operates an undersea cable landing facility in Chennai.
Mathew Oommen, President of Reliance Jio said, “We are excited about the launch of BBG as it 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. This global connectivity brings key international content hubs closer to our customers, delivering a much richer experience as an important part of driving India's broadband adoption, enabling consumers to shift away from the current high-cost low value propositions”
The company says that BBG utilises the latest submarine cable 100Gbps transmission technology, which uses wavelength add/drop branching units along the route. The system has an initial equipped capacity of 9 terabits per second. The BBG has been launched in partnership with Dialog Axiata, Etisalat, Omantel, Telecom Malaysia, and Vodafone.