PM Modi launch Submarine Optical fiber in Andaman and Nicobar Island
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, August 10, 2020, launched and dedicated to the nation, the submarine Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) connecting Andaman & Nicobar Islands to mainland India through via video conferencing. The foundation of this project was laid by the PM on 30th December 2018 at Port Blair.
He said the laying of the 2300 Kms submarine cable and completing it before the set target is very praise worthy.
The Prime Minister said that the service had begun today on a major chunk of the islands from Chennai to Port Blair, Port Blair to Little Andaman, and Port Blair to Swaraj Island. This project was completed before the deadline. A total of 2300 km long Submarine cable has been laid on the bed of the sea.
What is the cost of the project?
The 2300 km long submarine cable has cost Rs. 1,224 crores. New Island Development Agency was found 3 years ago to increase the strength and speed up the new projects on Islands. This project was built by BSNL with the help of NEC Technologies.
What will be the speed of the Internet after this project?
The OFC will allow high-speed broadband connectivity (400 Gbps for Port Blair and 200 Gbps for other islands), faster, cheaper, and better mobile and landline services, which will improve the local economy. This will also help in the better functioning of e-governance, telemedicine, and even online education. The project can be used by all the telecom operators for mobile and internet services. This will also help to grow tourism in UT (Union Territory) For comparison you should know that before this project everyone on Andaman and Nicobar Islands is reliable on 3G internet which was only provided by BSNL.
Which Islands are going to enjoy high-speed connectivity?
Mainly Andaman and Nicobar Island and it’s Port Blair will enjoy this connectivity apart from it the cable will cover other islands namely Swaraj Dweep (Havlock), Long Island, Rangat, Little Andaman, Kamorta, Car Nicobar, and Greater Nicobar.
The Prime Minister admired the laying of cables for about 2300 kilometers under the sea as surveying in the deep sea, maintaining the quality of the cable, and laying of the cable with specialized vessels is not an easy task. The project also had to overcome challenges such as high waves, storms and monsoons and the tough times owing to Corona Pandemic.
How this will inrcease digitalization?
The Submarine Cable will help A&N in getting cheaper & better connectivity and all the benefits of Digital India, especially in improving online education, telemedicine, banking system, online trading, and boosting tourism.
PM said the Indian Ocean has been the center of India’s trade and strategic power for thousands of years and that Andaman & Nicobar is an important center for India’s Economic-Strategic Cooperation.
He said all the Islands of India would be playing an important role under India’s new trade strategy for Indo-Pacific region.