Designed to benefit local business and personal consumers by avoiding existing maritime links, the first terrestrial cable to directly connect China and India is now in service. Joint constructors are Reliance Globalcom and China Telecom.
Reliance Globalcom and China Telecom have today announced the opening of the first direct terrestrial cable link between the Chinese and Indian domestic markets. The 250 km cable passes through the inhospitable terrain of the Nathula Pass, specifically linking Yadong in China to Siliguri in India.
This new cable will provide direct, connectivity between all major Indian and Chinese locations to business standards as well as expanding high-bandwidth coverage to more rural regions and cities in both countries. Neighbouring countries such as Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and even Pakistan and Bangladesh may also benefit in the longer term, through increased bandwidth availability and global termination options.
Reliance Globalcom can now offer the additional protection of two separate cable routes between India and China with considerably less risk from natural disasters. Previously, the only available option for high-bandwidth connectivity between the two countries was via undersea cable routes through Hong-Kong or Singapore. Disruption to major international services in the region due to the recent typhoons and earthquakes has clearly exposed the risk associated with complete dependence on these cables.
Both international businesses and consumers in the region will benefit from improved Internet connectivity, lower latency and improved voice clarity calls. As well as the more regionally based advantages cited by the two companies, the link provides direct, dual cable route connectivity from emerging business locations within China to other international business hubs in Europe, Middle East and the East Coast of the USA. Similarly Indian companies looking for connectivity to South East Asia, Japan and the US West Coast can now go via the terrestrial cable system to Hong Kong and then on a submarine route, enabling lower latency and improved network resilience.
"This announcement and cable connection is a landmark which represents many years of planning and hard work," Han Yi Hu, Managing Director of China Telecom. "We are very pleased with the increased dedicated bandwidth availability, connection speed and security this cable will provide to Chinese based enterprises and consumers. It will greatly assist our customers to become global industry leaders, while improving opportunities for international business development in both 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. "This new cable will help our customers across Asia and beyond to effectively compete on a global scale by providing increased network availability and secure connectivity from the world's key business centres to these high growth markets. We are very pleased that Reliance Globalcom's global network will play a major role in the development of international business opportunities in the region."