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At launch, PM Modi hails optical fibre mission – india information


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched the primary undersea optical fibre mission for the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which is able to present high-speed broadband connections within the Union territory at par with companies accessible within the mainland, and certain open up new alternatives for India in South-east Asia .

“From Chennai to Port Blair, Port Blair to Little Andaman and Port Blair to Swaraj Dweep, this service has began in giant elements of Andaman Nicobar from right this moment,” Modi stated after inaugurating the mission via video conferencing.

On December 30, 2018, the Prime Minister had laid the muse for the two,312-kilometre-long submarine optical fibre cable mission connecting Chennai and Port Blair, capital of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.The mission has been carried out at a price of Rs 1,224 crore.

Moreover Port Blair, it can join different islands together with Swaraj Dweep (Havelock), Lengthy Island, Rangat, Little Andaman, Kamorta, Automobile Nicobar and Higher Nicobar.

A bulk of the fibre used within the mission has been sourced from NEC Company of Japan, which additionally offered technical help throughout the set up, stated a Division of Telecommunications (DoT) official, requesting anonymity.

“The optical fibre connectivity mission to attach Andaman and Nicobar with the remainder of the nation and the world is a logo of our dedication in direction of ease of residing,” Modi stated.

In accordance with official information, an web velocity of 400 gigabyte (Gb) per second might be offered in Port Blair and 200 Gb per second in different islands. The mission will enhance 4G cellular companies and digital companies like tele-education, tele-health, e-governance companies and tourism on the islands.

“Excessive affect tasks are being expanded in 12 islands of Andaman and Nicobar. Concern of cellular and web connectivity have been resolved right this moment. Other than this, bodily connectivity via highway, air, and water are being strengthened,” Modi stated.

The optical fibre facility will allow hundreds of households within the Union territory to entry schooling and banking companies, and store and seek the advice of medical doctors on-line.

The mission will open up a number of alternatives for India within the Affiliation of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) area, positioning it as a substitute for China, specialists stated. A majority of the submarine optical fibre for worldwide connectivity within the area is now offered by China.

“This may open up extra alternatives for India to work together with ASEAN international locations similar to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos,” stated former DoT secretary Shyamal Ghosh. “The PM had arrange a line of credit score to discover such choices in 2017 however as a result of bureaucratic bottlenecks that hasn’t been capable of transfer ahead.”

Ghosh added that the shortcoming of the international locations to supply a sovereign assure for the road of credit score, given that non-public firms largely run the telecom sector, was a hurdle.

“These international locations are additionally on the lookout for an alternate, they don’t wish to put all their eggs in the identical basked,” he stated. “In Andaman and Nicobar, the community will present a steady connection because the beforehand used satellite tv for pc was extra depending on availability of bandwidth, particularly because the islands emerge as an necessary strategic and significant level within the Indian ocean.”

In accordance former DoT know-how advisor RK Bhatnagar, the submarine community within the second part of connections might simply lengthen to international locations like Singapore and Thailand.

“India is already having a proposal of $1 billion line of credit score for digital connectivity of ASEAN international locations. International locations like Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam can take benefit to have their OFC digital highways connecting to India’s Northeastern states via protected ring structure and extension by 700 kms gives Myanmar, different ASEAN international locations and even India’s Northeastern states with higher Worldwide bandwidth choices,” stated Bhatnagar, including that this might be helpful when India strikes to 5G Networks.

The minister of Telecom Ravi Shankar Prasad added that the DoT goals to supply connectivity in distant and tough areas. Prasad knowledgeable {that a} tender for 354 uncovered villages within the strategic, distant and border areas of the nation has been finalised and is below implementation in 144 villages of the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh and remaining villages within the States of Bihar, Rajasthan, Uttrakhand, Himachal Pradesh and different precedence areas of Gujarat. “These villages have been strategically choosen to cowl border space connectivity on cellular. After commissioning of those villages, there might be no uncovered villages in UTs of J&Okay, Ladakh for cellular connectivity. Satellite tv for pc primarily based DSPTs (Digital Satellite tv for pc Telephone Terminal) are additionally being offered at 1347 websites for Military, BRO, BSF, CRPF, ITBP, SSB and many others. Out of which 183 websites are already commissioned and remaining are in course of,” he stated.

The mission launched on Monday goals to supply high-speed web to spice up the islands’ capabilities by way of catastrophe mitigation, aid work and allow entry to high-speed web connectivity. That is the one undersea optical fiber cable community to be owned by the Indian authorities within the nation presently. Non-public undersea networks exist already in Mumbai and Chennai, a few of which the federal government had partnered with earlier than Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd was merged with Tata Communications.

(PTI contributed to this story)

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