The Indian government has launched Rs 12.24 billion worth submarine optical fibre cable project in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. This optic fibre cable network will connect Chennai and Andaman and Nicobar Islands and boost 4G services on the islands.

The 2,313 km undersea cable will connect seven islands of Andaman other than the capital city Port Blair. The includes Swaraj Deep, Long Island, Rangat, Little Andaman, Kamorta, Car Nicobar and Greater Nicobar.

The project has been executed by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) in less than 24 months and Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL) acted as a technical consultant for the initiative. Further, the project has been funded by the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF).

As per project details, the cable will be used to provide internet speeds of up to 400 Gbps till Port Blair and up to 200 Gbps in other islands.

The government has said that the ambitious OFC project will not only help enhance national security, but will also improve internet connectivity in the islands, enabling its citizens to use net banking, e-commerce, online education and telemedicine facilities. Moreover, higher data speeds will also enhance tourism, thus creating more jobs.