Jio’s Submarine Cable System Lands in Maldives; to connect to India, Singapore
Reliance Jio Infocomm announced on Monday that it will land its next-generation India-Asia-Xpress (IAX) multi-terabit submarine cable system in Hulhumale, Maldives. This high-speed, high-capacity IAX system will connect the Maldives to major internet hubs in India and Singapore.
The IAX system which originates in Mumbai connects directly to Singapore, with additional branches and landings in India, Malaysia and Thailand. The India-Europe-Xpress or IEX, on the other hand, connects Mumbai to Milan, landing in Savona, Italy, including additional landings in the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean.
The IAX system is expected to be ready to go live by the end of 2023, while IEX will be ready to go live by mid-2024.
Speaking about the launch of the Maldives’ first international cable, Economic Development Minister Uz Fayyaz Ismail said, “This is the first step towards improving our connectivity infrastructure and opening up vast opportunities for our people in providing secure, affordable and high quality services. . We also aim to diversify our economy and establish ourselves as a key communications center in South Asia. Apart from economic development, it will accelerate social development through high-speed internet access throughout the Maldives, enabling us to achieve the equitable development we seek.
Mathew Oommen, President of Reliance Jio, said, “Today’s global economy is driven by low-latency broadband, connecting people, businesses, content and services. IAX will not only connect the Maldives to global content hubs, but it will also support the explosive growth in data demand expected from new initiatives launched by the Government of the Maldives.
What are IAX, IEX systems?
IAX and IEX are high-capacity, high-speed submarine cable systems that can deliver over 200 Tbps of capacity at speeds of 100 Gbps, over 10,000 miles. The IEX and IAX systems together are expected to become a milestone in telecommunications infrastructure in this decade. The systems will connect India, Europe to South East Asia.
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