India’s Reliance Communications has inaugurated the 2.56TB Falcon submarine cable system, connecting India’s financial hub Mumbai to eleven countries in the Middle East. The 11,859km system reaches Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, amongst others, and is part of Reliance’s Flag Telecom Global Network, which has cables running through 35 countries spanning four continents. The company says Falcon will provide cheaper bandwidth to retail and commercial users in all eleven countries.
Meanwhile, India’s state run telcos Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), have revealed plans to build a submarine cable system connecting India to Singapore and Malaysia, and to West Asia, the US and Europe. The proposed cables would be laid by Millennium Telecom, a 51/49 joint venture between MTNL and BSNL. The finer details of the USD400 million project are still being negotiated. BSNL launched an undersea cable link to Sri Lanka in June.