Reliance Communications has announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Flag Telecom has awarded a USD1.5 billion turnkey project for the construction of four new submarine cables, jointly known as Flag NGN, to Japan’s Fujitsu. The first cable will connect India to Hong Kong, with possible interconnection to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines and Cambodia. The African cable will connect India to Kenya, with potential extension to South Africa and further extension to Mozambique, Tanzania, Madagascar, Mayotte and Mauritius. The third cable in the Mediterranean will connect Egypt to France, with potential extension to Syria, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta, Libya, Tunisia and Italy, while the fourth submarine cable network will connect Japan to the west coast of the US. On completion, the Flag NGN project will almost double the length of the existing Flag network from 65,000km to 115,000km. The new network is scheduled to be completed by 2009/10, by which time it will be capable of carrying 2.5 billion simultaneous voice calls, 300 million simultaneous web chats or 52 million simultaneous video chats.