Reliance Industries: New IAX Submarine Cable System to Connect the Maldives Directly to India and Singapore


PRESS RELEASE

New IAX submarine cable system to connect the Maldives

Directly to India and Singapore

Jio’s IAX project will land in the Maldives,

in collaboration with Ocean Connect Maldives

Mumbai, 21 February 2022: Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. (Jio), India’s largest provider of 4G digital and mobile broadband services, will land the next-generation India-Asia-Xpress (IAX) multi-terabit submarine cable system in Hulhumale, Maldives.

The high-capacity, high-speed IAX system will directly connect Hulhumale to major global internet hubs in India and Singapore.

The Minister of Economic Development, the Hon. Ouz Fayyaz Ismailspeaking on the launch of the Maldives’ first international cable, said: “This is the first step towards improving our connectivity infrastructure and opening up vast opportunities for our people by providing secure services , affordable and high quality. We also aim to diversify our economy and establish ourselves as a key communication center in South Asia. Besides economic development, it will accelerate social development through high-speed Internet access in the whole of the Maldives, which will allow us to achieve the equitable development that we seek.

“Today’s global economy is driven by low-latency broadband, connecting people, businesses, content and services. IAX will not only connect the Maldives to global content hubs, but it will also support the explosive growth in data demand expected from new initiatives launched by the Government of the Maldives,” said Mathew Oommen, President, Reliance Jio. “Jio is very pleased to work with the Government of the Maldives to help achieve this ambition by providing high-quality terabit capacity supporting Web 3.0-enabled Internet services.”

The IAX system originates from Mumbai in the west and connects directly to Singapore, with branches including additional landings in India, Malaysia and Thailand. The India-Europe-Xpress (IEX) system connects Mumbai to Milan, lands in Savona, Italy, and includes additional landings in the Middle East, North Africa and the Mediterranean. IAX is expected to be ready to go live in late 2023, while IEX will be ready to go live in mid-2024.

These high-capacity, high-throughput systems will deliver over 200 Tbps of capacity at speeds of 100 Gbps, over 10,000 miles. Using open system technology and the latest wavelength-switched RoADM/branching units ensures rapid upgrade deployment and the ultimate flexibility to add/remove waves across multiple sites.

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IEX and IAX together will be one of the most significant telecommunications infrastructure developments of this decade, connecting India, Europe to Southeast Asia and now the Maldives.

About Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited

Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, a subsidiary of Jio Platforms Limited, has built a world-class, data-strong and future-proof all-IP network with the latest 4G LTE technology. It is the only network designed and born as a mobile video network from the ground up and supporting Voice over LTE technology. It’s ready for the future and can be easily upgraded to support even more data as technologies evolve to 5G, 6G and beyond.

Jio has brought about transformational changes in the Indian digital services space to enable the vision of digital India for 1.3 billion Indians and propel India as a global leader in the digital economy. It has created an ecosystem comprising network, devices, apps and content, service experience and affordable pricing for everyone to live the Jio digital life. As part of its customer offerings, Jio has revolutionized the Indian telecommunications landscape by making voice calls free for Jio customers, across India, to any network and always. Jio makes India the highest quality and most affordable data market in the world so that every Indian can use Datagiri.

About Ocean Connect Maldives Pvt Ltd

Ocean Connect Maldives Private Limited (OCM) is a new legal entity wholly owned by the Government of Maldives and established under Maldives Fund Management Corporation Limited (MFMC) as a subsidiary.

Ocean Connect Maldives (OCM) will be classified as an ICT infrastructure company to invest in physical and digital infrastructure and promote inclusive digital networks and services to help bridge the digital divide and drive the next stage of growth for the Maldives.

Investing in the IAX cable system will be the cornerstone of OCM’s “Maldives New Digital Economy” which envisions creating a fully connected Maldives without barriers for rapid digital transformation.

For more information:

Dependency Jio Infocomm Limited

Ocean Connect Maldives Pvt Ltd

Vineet Nigam

Hussain Chihab

SVP International Affairs

General manager

[email protected]

[email protected]

www.jio.com

[email protected]

Phone. +91 22 79653591

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