Cable system to connect India, Middle East & Africa with Europe

A new cable system that stretches between Europe and India is set to enhance diversity between the two territories. Launched by Bharti airtel, the Europe India Gateway (EIG) system has received investment of around $700 million and has a capacity of 3.84 terabits per second. EIG stretches from Mumbai in India to London UK, with landings en route in UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya, Monaco & Marseilles, Gibraltar, Portugal and the UK. Apart from the segment of EIG in Egypt, the remaining cable is now available for commercial use.

The new cable system is the third offered by Bharti airtel on the India-Middle East-Europe route; it will seamlessly connect with the existing IMEWE and SMW4 routes to provide enhanced redundancy and network resilience to customers in India, Middle East and Asia Pacific region.

The deployment of EIG will also boost the connectivity requirements of the African continent by complementing the largest existing submarine cable in Africa, EASSy. airtel will have the capability to connect its capacities in EIG and EASSy seamlessly – this will offer customers enhanced international connectivity and network diversity.

Ajay Chitkara, CEO – Global Data Business, Bharti airtel said, “It has been our endeavour at Bharti airtel to create flexible and robust undersea cable infrastructure for our customers. Both EIG and IMEWE land in our landing station in India (Mumbai). The extra capacity and reliability provided by EIG will help us to meet the surging bandwidth requirements witnessed by the Middle East and Africa. The availability of diverse routes and unmatched resilience on Bharti airtel’s infrastructure will stimulate the emergence of India as a preferred transit hub for the customers in the region.”

When fully activated with the Egypt link, the EIG will be the first direct high-bandwidth optical fibre system from the UK to India. In addition to complementing existing high-bandwidth cable systems in the region, the EIG will provide much needed diversity for broadband traffic, which currently relies on traditional routes from Europe to India.

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