China Telecom and RCOM launch first terrestrial China-India cable

27 Aug 2009

India’s Reliance Communications (RCOM) and China Telecom commercially launched the first terrestrial cable link between India and China yesterday, Dow Jones Newswires reports. Bookings for traffic capacity on the 300km fibre link are already under way, an anonymous person familiar with the matter told the news service. The cable connecting the northeastern Indian town of Siliguri to Yadong in China will augment existing undersea networks connecting the two countries, whilst providing back-up in the event of submarine cable outages. Investment and traffic capacity on the new route is reportedly being shared equally between the two telcos.