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Biggest telecoms to build undersea cable across the Indian Ocean

Staff writer |
A group of biggest telecommunications carriers have joined forces to build an undersea cable across the Indian Ocean to connect Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

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The consortium for the establishment of the Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) was made official when the consortium members - Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) (Malaysia), Vodafone Group (UK), Omantel (Oman), Etisalat (UAE), Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (India) and Dialog Axiata (Sri Lanka) - signed the Construction and Maintenance Agreement (C&MA) and the Supply Contract for BBG in Kuala Lumpur.

The BBG submarine cable system, spanning 8,000 kilometers, will link Malaysia and Singapore to Oman and United Arab Emirates, with connections to Mumbai and Chennai and Sri Lanka.

The construction of BBG should provide connectivity between South East Asia, South Asia and the Middle East, but it also should extend to Europe, Africa and to the Far East Asia through interconnections with other cable systems landing in India, the Middle East and the Far East Asia.

The Bay of Bengal Gateway will also serve as a business opportunity because it will help support high bandwidth requirements as next generation internet applications comes to every part of the world.

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