GCX building Mumbai-to-Singapore cable

Dylan Bushell-Embling
23 Jun 2014

Global Cloud Xchange has announced plans to build a new subsea cable system connecting Mumbai with Singapore.

The company is deploying the ICX cable as part of a plan to establish a direct link between the two cities, bypassing the outage-prone terrestrial routes between Mumbai and Chennai.

The ICX will be a four fiber pair system with an initial design capacity per fiber pair of 80 x 100G. It will have a branch landing to Trivandrum and/or Chennai, and interconnect with GCX's Falcon, Hawk and FA-1 systems to provide connectivity to the Middle East, Europe and the US.

Global Cloud Xchange aims to award the supply contract for the project by the third quarter, and expects the ICX to be ready for service in Q2 2016.

“With Singapore as a regional hub and gateway for multinational companies doing business across India and emerging markets, the ICX cable will complement our GCX global network infrastructure for direct connectivity to major business centers in Asia, Middle East, North America and Europe,” Global Cloud Xchange CEO Bill Barney said.

The Wall Street Journal separately reported, citing undisclosed sources, that Google is considering investing in a new multimillion dollar trans-Pacific subsea cable.

Google would reportedly control its own portion of the new cable and use it to connect its data centers in the US with Japan. The web giant took a stake in a $300 million subsea cable which launched in 2010.

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