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NEW DELHI: Tourists visiting Andaman & Nicobar islands as well as residents can look forward to high-speed net and mobile connectivity from next week when PM Narendra Modi inaugurates the 2,300 km submarine optic fibre cable connecting Chennai with Port Blair.
The submarine OFC project, which was launched in December 2018, will provide 100 times faster connectivity to Port Blair, compared to the 4 giga byte per second connectivity that is currently on offer through a satellite link.
“Once inaugurated, the submarine OFC link will deliver bandwidth of 2 x 200 Gigabits per second (Gbps) between Chennai and Port Blair, and 2 x 100 Gbps between Port Blair and the other islands. Provision of reliable, robust, and high-speed telecom and Broadband facilities in these Islands will be a landmark achievement from the viewpoint of consumers, as well as for strategic and governance reasons. 4G mobile services, which were constrained due to limited backhaul bandwidth provided via satellite will also see a major improvement,” the government said.
In fact, encouraged by the Rs 1,224 crore project executed by BSNL, the government is readying an over Rs 1,000 crore submarine cable network to connect Lakshadweep . The Digital Communications Commission has cleared the project and the proposal is expected to be placed before the Cabinet shortly, sources said.
Government sources said that the connection will not just provide better connectivity with the strategically located Andaman & Nicobar islands but also help offer education, tele-medicine services and e-commere, apart from boosting tourism. Sources said that telecom companies such as Bharti Airtel, which has launched 4G in the island chain, will see a drastic improvement in quality. The submarine cable will also connect Port Blair to Swaraj Dweep, Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Kamorta, Great Nicobar, Long Island, and Rangat.

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