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Alcatel-Lucent and Bay of Bengal Gateway consortium to build undersea cable system linking Middle East, Indian sub-continent and Far East

April 30, 2013
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Alcatel-Lucent and a consortium comprising of the Vodafone Group, Dialog Axiata, Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat), Reliance Jio Infocomm, Omantel and Telekom Malaysia, have signed a turnkey contract to deploy a 100 gigabit-per-second (100G) submarine cable system.

Dubbed the Bay Of Bengal Gateway (BBG), this submarine system is expected to connect Oman, the United Arab Emirates, India, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

The system is expected to be operational by end-2014.

Commenting on the development, Edward West, chairman, BBG Interim Procurement Group said, "BBG, the first system to be lit as 100G on day-one will be a step change in capacity on this important route.  The bandwidth, resilience and traffic routing of the BBG configuration, and Alcatel-Lucent's capabilities and track record, give us the confidence that this system will be able to address the fast-evolving expectations of our customers in line with their demands."

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