On August 10, 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated and dedicate to the Nation, submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) connecting Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands (A&NI) through video conferencing. This connectivity will enable delivery of faster mobile and landline telecom services to A&NI, at par with other parts of India. The Submarine OFC cable has been laid at a cost of about Rs 1224 Crore.
- The foundation stone for 2,312-kilometer Chennai – Andaman and Nicobar Islands (CANI) was laid by PM Narendra Modi on 30th December 2018 at Port Blair.
- The submarine cable will also connect Port Blair to Swaraj Dweep (Havelock), Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Kamorta, Great Nicobar, Long Island, and Rangat.
-The submarine OFC link will deliver bandwidth of 2 x 200 Gigabits per second (Gbps) between Chennai and Port Blair, and 2 x 100 Gbps between Port Blair and the other islands.
-4G mobile services, which were constrained due to limited backhaul bandwidth provided via satellite
-The project funded by the Government of India (GoI) through the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) is under the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications.
-Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) executed this project while Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL) are the Technical Consultants.
–Airtel becomes first telecom to launch ‘Ultra-Fast 4G’ services in Andaman and Nicobar
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) connecting CANI, Airtel became the first mobile operator to launch ‘Ultra-Fast 4G’ services in the union territory (UT) of A&NI.
About Bharti Airtel:
Chairman– Sunil Bharti Mittal
Headquarters– New Delhi