FLAG to invest $1.5 billion on new submarine cable network

Posted on December 30, 2006  /  1 Comments

FLAG Telecom plans to deploy the largest IP-based submarine cable network that will connect 60 countries, including many that currently have poor connectivity by 2009. India, Indonesia, and Philippines are among the countries that FLAG’s NGN network will have a presence in.
Reliance to carry FLAG far and wide:

“We live in a world where there is too much of bandwidth for some, little for others and none for many – there is unequal access to bandwidth in and across countries, continents and communities,” said Anil Dhirubhai Ambani, chairman, Reliance Communications. “FLAG NGN will democratise digital access,” he added.

FLAG NGN will comprise of our systems. FLAG NGN System 1 would cover Asia that includes India, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brunei and Honk Kong. FLAG NGN System 2 would be for Africa covering Kenya, Mozambique, Republic of South Africa, Tanzania, Madagascar and Mauritius.

FLAG NGN System 3 will cater to the Mediterranean region, including Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Malta, Libya and Lebanon. And the Trans-Pacific region, including the US West Coast, Japan, China and Hong Kong, would be covered by FLAG NGN System 4.

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  1. Four shortlisted for Reliance undersea cable project

    Thomas K. Thomas

    New Delhi , Jan. 4

    Reliance Communications’ wholly owned subsidiary FLAG Telecom has shortlisted four global majors — NEC, Tyco, Alcatel and Fujitsu for implementing its recently announced Rs 7,000 crore next generation undersea cable project.

    The move comes within three days of issuing the request for proposals under which the company had sought initial expression of interest from as many as 12 global players across the world. The project envisages laying 50,000 km of optical fibre cable over the next three years.

    A FLAG spokesperson when contacted declined to comment on the specifics of the process but said, “We are ahead of the stiff deadlines and aspire to complete the NGN project of this magnitude in a record time.”