Monday, February 21, 2011

Europe India Gateway Submarine Cable Ready for Service

The Europe India Gateway Submarine Cable, a new international fibre optic submarine cable system that links the United Kingdom, Bude, with Gibraltar, Portugal, Monaco, France, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, United Arab Emirates, and India, is ready to enter service along certain segments.

EIG will offer up to 3.84 terabits per second (Tbps) of capacity along a key route connecting Europe with India via the Mediterranean Sea. The $700 million high-capacity fiber-optic cable is described as one of the most advanced submarine cable systems in the world.

The EIG Consortium formally accepted delivery of more than 11,300 kilometers (7,021 miles) of the total 15,000 km (9,320 miles) EIG cable system. The accepted cable system routes are: 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. The group also accepted 11 of 13 cable landing stations. The only remaining segment to be completed for the EIG is in Egypt where there are two landing sites.

Verizon announced plans to extend its global mesh architecture to this cable.

"With the increasing demand for our strategic services and IP-based solutions, this EIG cable system is critical to support our customers' high-bandwidth communication needs," said Ihab Tarazi, Verizon vice president of global network planning. "This cable activation also shows our customers our strong network investment commitment around the globe. Virtually anywhere our Verizon enterprise customers do business in the world, they can count on us to use our outstanding network capabilities to deliver their communications solutions."

The EIG Consortium members are: AT&T; Bharti airtel; BT; Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd.; Cable&Wireless Worldwide; Djibouti Telecom; du; Gibtelecom; Libyan Post, Telecom and Information Technology Company; MTN Group; Omantel; PT Comunicacoes, S.A.; Saudi Telecom Company; Telecom Egypt; Telkom SA Ltd; and Verizon.

The suppliers for the EIG cable system are Alcatel-Lucent and Tyco Electronics Subsea Communications (TE SubCom).http://www.verizon.com