SLT and BSNL inaugurate submarine cable

4 Oct 2006

India’s Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) have officially inaugurated the Bharat-Lanka fibre-optic submarine cable between Tuticorin in India and Mount Lavinia in Sri Lanka. The cable system is connected to the pair’s domestic infrastructure and provides international connectivity to networks including SEA-ME-WE 3 and SEA-ME-WE 4, and multiple satellite connectivity. SLT said this week that the commissioning of the cable will give Indian and Sri Lankan customers increased connectivity and bandwidth, and cheaper access to international private leased circuits (IPLCs), broadband internet, direct and transit international direct dialing (IDD) traffic, internet protocol (IP) backbone networks and multimedia content services. The cable enables both companies to interconnect their IP-MPLS networks to facilitate international VPN services, and to provide enhanced streaming and other multimedia services.