The 16 members of the Europe India Gateway (EIG) consortium have begun to accept delivery of the first part of the cable, according to a company press release. The individual members of the EIG group responsible for overseeing the building of the USD700 million high capacity submarine cable system can begin to activate their own portions of the network and begin offering services, enhancing capacity and diversity from Europe to the Middle East, Africa and India.
EIG consortium members are accepting delivery of more than 11,300km of the total 15,000km EIG cable system, which was announced in 2008, and 11 of the 13 cable landing sites. The accepted cable system routes are London to Bude (UK); Bude to Portugal to Gibraltar to Monaco to Libya; Monaco to Marseille, France; and Saudi Arabia to Djibouti to Oman to United Arab Emirates to India. The accepted active EIG cable landing sites are the UK, Portugal, Gibraltar, Monaco, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, UAE, India and a terminal site in Marseille, France. The only remaining segment to be completed for the EIG is in Egypt where there are two landing sites. When fully activated with the Egypt link, the EIG will be the first direct high-bandwidth optical fibre system from the UK to India. The design capacity on the full system is 3.84Tbps using dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology to provide upgradeable transmission facilities that support present and future Internet, e-commerce, data, video and voice services. The EIG Consortium members are: AT&T, Bharti Airtel, BT, Bharat Sanchar Nigam, Cable & Wireless Worldwide, Djibouti Telecom, du, Gibtelecom, Libyan Post, Telecom and Information Technology Company, MTN Group, Omantel, PT Comunicacoes, Saudi Telecom Company, Telecom Egypt, Telkom SA and Verizon. The suppliers for the EIG cable system are Alcatel-Lucent and Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications (TE SubCom).