Reliance Communications and China Telecom have finished what they say is the first direct terrestrial optical cable link between China and India's domestic markets. Completed earlier this month, the new cable will provide cross border terrestrial connectivity between India and China. Building this cable route was not without its challenges as it runs through the tough terrain of the Nathula Pass linking Yadong, China, to Siliguri, India. The new cable will provide not only enterprise connectivity between various Chinese and Indian locations, but also extend broadband services to more rural regions in China and India.
Prior to building this new cable, the only connection options the two countries had were undersea cable routes through Hong Kong or Singapore. However, these undersea networks are vulnerable to disruption from typhoons and earthquakes. Now, Reliance Globalcom can offer business class service with dual cable route diversity between India and China.
"India and China represent the largest growing economies in the world, and the current global economic environment requires ever increasing high-bandwidth, converged applications to be run between these markets" said Punit Garg, President, Reliance Communications in a release.
- here's the official release
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