Verizon's (NYSE: VZ) business customers will soon be able to take advantage of the service provider's portion of the Europe India Gateway (EIG) cable.
Joined by the other 15 members of the EIG, Verizon and the rest of the consortium members are ready to accept delivery of over 7,021 miles of the total 9,320 mile, $700 million submarine cable connecting Europe to the Middle East, Africa and India.
EIG has accepted five major cable routes including: London to Bude, U.K.; Bude to Portugal to Gibraltar to Monaco to Libya; Monaco to Marseille, France; and Saudi Arabia to Djibouti to Oman to United Arab Emirates to India. In addition, the consortium accepted 11 of 13 cable landing stations.
The only remaining segment that needs to be completed on the EIG is in Egypt where there are two landing sites. When the Egypt link is complete, the DWDM-based optical EIG network will provide a direct high-bandwidth optical fiber system from the UK to India with over 3.84 Tbps of capacity.
So how can Verizon's customers take advantage of the EIG? Customers will have the option of either connecting directly to Verizon's ultra-long-haul European network via its EIG cable terminal station in Marseille, France or from the EIG to Verizon's India-based network.
Verizon has continued to be active in the submarine cable industry over the past six years, having taken part in not only the EIG cable, but also the Trans-Pacific Express (TPE) and SEA-ME-WE4 cable systems.
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