Blair, Jan 13 : The remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands are anxiously waiting for the completion of project of undersea Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) laying work, connecting Chennai to Port Blair and seven Islands, which began with its inauguration by the Union Minister for Communications, Electronics and Information Technology and Law & Justice, Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad on 9th January 2020.
Although Andaman and Nicobar Islands are waiting for this project since last several decades, but for the first time now it seems that the dreams will become reality this time. Undersea Optical Fibre Cable laying ship ‘KT Responder’ is presently laying the OFC between Chennai and Port Blair.
This is the first time such a gigantic exercise is taken up by GoI through BSNL, for which GoI has also approved the submarine cable project for connecting Lakshadweep with Cochin at a cost of Rs1200 Crore.
Meanwhile the Tourism Industry of Andaman and Nicobar Islands is super excited about this welcome project as slow internet was one of the main obstacles being faced by Islands’ struggling tourism industry. “Right from marketing to booking, things will be much easier for all stakeholders of Andaman’s Tourism Industry once the project of undersea Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) laying is completed.
Till now everyone connected with the Tourism Industry had to suffer a lot for slow internet,” said Mr M Vinod the President of Andaman Association for Tour Operators of A & N Islands. Mr. M Vinod added that this development will be a game changer for Andaman’s Tourism industry.
According to details, the submarine cable project would multiply the speed and reliability of data and voice telephone facilities manifold in the Islands, resulting in a boost to its economy and life standards. It will also greatly improve the services, governance delivery and skill development, besides helping the defence forces immensely.
Presently Andaman and Nicobar Islands gets internet bandwidth of 3.548 Gbps but with the completion of the transformational Submarine OFC Project connecting Chennai to Port Blair and seven other Islands with optical fiber link by June 2020, the bandwidth augmentation then will be almost 60 times of the present bandwidth.
The submarine cables will be initially laid from Chennai to Port Blair, covering a distance of 1,461 kilometres. Afterwards it will be extended to Rangat, Long Island, Swaraj Dweep, Hut Bay, Car Nicobar, Kamorta and Campbell Bay in the Union Territory.
The works are expected to be completed by June this year. The cables are of four-fibre pairs, with the capacity to transfer 6.4 tera-bytes of data per second by each fibre-pair. At the initial stage of commissioning of the project itself, the Islands can get a data speed of 400-gigabytes per second. (UNI)