Chennai, 10 August: On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated submarine optical Fibre cable (OFC) in a video conference connecting Chennai and port Blair on 10th August 2020.
The Optical cable will connect port Blair to Swaraj Dweep(Havelock), Little Andaman, Cae Nicabor, Kamorta, Great Nicobar, Long Island, and Rangat.
The connectivity will enable delivery of faster and more reliable mobile and landline telecom services to Andaman and Nicobar island, at par with others parts of India.
The foundation for this project was laid by the honourable Prime Minister on 30th December at Port Blair.
The submarine OFC link will deliver bandwidth of 2 x 200 Gigabits per second (Gbps) between Chennai and Port Blair, and 2 x 100 Gbps between Port Blair and the other islands.
Enhanced telecom and Broadband connectivity will boost tourism and employment generation in the Islands, give an impetus to the economy and raise standards of living.
Better connectivity will also facilitate delivery of e-Governance services such as telemedicine and tele-education. Small enterprises will benefit from opportunities in e-commerce, while educational institutions will utilize the enhanced availability of bandwidth for e-learning and knowledge sharing. Business Process Outsourcing services and other medium and large enterprises will also reap the benefits of better connectivity.
The project is funded by the Government of India through the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) under the Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) executed this project while Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL) are the Technical Consultants. About 2300 Kms of Submarine OFC cable has been laid at a cost of about Rs 1224 Crore, and the project has been completed in time.