Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. (Jio), India’s telecommunication company, is building the largest international submarine cable system centered on India. The India-Asia-Xpress (IAX) system will connect India eastbound to Singapore and beyond and the India-Europe-Xpress (IEX) system will connect India westbound to the Middle East and Europe. Jio submarine cable system IAX and IEX will be connected to the Reliance Jio Global Fiber Network beyond Asia Pacific and Europe, connecting to both the east and west coast of the USA. IAX is expected to be ready for service mid-2023, while IEX will be ready for service in early 2024.
The US based submarine cable supplier SubCom has been selected for the project. IAX and IEX systems will place India at the center of the international network map.
IAX and IEX are designed to provide more than 200Tbps of capacity spanning over 16,000 kilometers. The open system technology and wavelength switched RoADM/branching units will enable rapid upgrade deployment and flexibility to add or drop waves across multiple locations.
“To meet the demands of Streaming Video, Remote Workforce, 5G, IoT, and beyond, Jio is taking a leadership role in the construction of the first of its kind, India-centric IAX and IEX subsea systems,” said Mathew Oommen, President, Reliance Jio.
The IAX system connects to Asia Pacific markets with express connectivity from Mumbai and Chennai to Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. The IEX system extends connectivity to Italy, landing in Savona, and additional landings in the Middle East and North Africa. The systems will seamlessly interconnect as well as connect to the world’s top interexchange points and content hubs for extension of service globally.