PM inaugurates first ever optical fibre project for Andaman and Nicobar


PTI, Aug 10, 2020, 1:51 PM IST

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, August 10 inaugurated the first-ever undersea optical fibre project for Andaman and Nicobar Islands which will provide high-speed broadband connections in the Union Territory at par with services in the mainland.

On December 30, 2018, the Prime Minister had laid the foundation for the 2,312-Kilometers long submarine optical fibre cable project connecting Chennai – Andaman and Nicobar Islands (CANI).

“From Chennai to Port Blair, Port Blair to Little Andaman and Port Blair to Swaraj Dweep, this service has started in large part of Andaman Nicobar from today,” Modi said after inaugurating the project.

The project has been implemented at a cost of Rs 1,224 crore.

Besides, Port Blair, it will connect other islands namely Swaraj Dweep (Havlock), Long Island, Rangat, Little Andaman, Kamorta, Car Nicobar and Greater Nicobar.

PM said that it is the responsibility of the nation to provide modern telecom connectivity to the people of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

All telecom operators in the country will be able to provide their mobile and broadband services using the CANI optical fibre link.

“The optical fibre connectivity project to connect Andaman and Nicobar with the rest of the country and the world is a symbol of our commitment towards ease of living,” Modi said.

According to official data, the internet with a speed of 400 gigabytes (Gb) per second will be provided at Port Blair and for other islands, it will be 200 Gb per second.

“Undersea cable linking the Andaman Islands with Chennai was laid before time,” Modi said while inaugurating the cable link.

The work of laying undersea cable has been executed by BSNL in a record time of fewer than 24 months.

This project will give a boost to 4G mobile services and digital services like tele-education, telehealth, e-governance services, and tourism on the islands.

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