Reliance Communications subsidiary Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) has revealed plans to build a new subsea cable linking India to key markets in Asia, Europe and the Middle East as part of a new Cloud and Fiber initiative.
The company's planned EAGLE cable system will run from Mumbai to Hong Kong with landing points in Thailand and Singapore as well as other branching units.
In the west, EAGLE will also run from Mumbai via the Middle East to Italy with almost 8,900km of routing and landing points within the Meditteranean.
EAGLE will use cutting edge 100G technology in four/six fiber pair configurations with an initial design capacity of 12-24Tbps per fiber pair.
RCOM Enterprise and GCX COO Wilfred Kwan said the system will allow companies to rent or own subsea capacity from speeds of 10Gbps to several hundreds of Gbps between India and key technology centers in APAC and MEA.
“With flexible access speeds and open co-location, the system will also enable growing number of OTT start-ups, new generation carriers and smaller Cloud operators to buy and rent fiber affordably in a scalable model,” he said.
GCX aims for the EAGLE cable system to be ready for service by the end of 2020.
The Cloud and Fiber initiative will also involve forming strategic alliances with key operator and OTT partners to gain access to the bandwidth required to support the cloud revolution and its impact on economic growth.