Reliance Jio deploys 16,000km India-centric subsea cable systems

A map displaying Reliance Jio's new fibre optic network across Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Europe
(Image credit: Reliance Jio)

Reliance Jio, one of India’s leading telcos, will construct the largest international submarine cable system centred on India to support the growth in data demand across the region.

The systems will provide over 200Tbps of capacity spanning over 16,000 kilometres and the company claims that this is the first time in the history of fibre optic submarine telecommunications where these systems place India at the centre of the international network map.

The India-Asia-Xpress (IAX) system connects India eastbound to Asia Pacific markets, with express connectivity from Mumbai and Chennai to Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore. The India-Europe-Xpress (IEX) system connects India westbound to the Middle East and Europe, finishing in Savona, Italy.

Besides the seamless connection of the IAX and IEX sub-sea systems, the two systems are also connected to the Reliance Jio Global Fiber Network beyond Asia Pacific and Europe, connecting to both the east and west coast of the USA. IAX is expected to be ready for service in mid-2023, while IEX will be ready for service in early 2024.

“Jio is at the forefront of India’s explosive growth in digital services and data consumption. To meet the demands of streaming video, remote workforce, 5G, IoT, and beyond, Jio is taking a leadership role in the construction of the first of its kind, India-centric IAX and IEX subsea systems,” said Mr. Mathew Oommen, president at Reliance Jio.


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“Implementing these critical initiatives in the shadow of a global pandemic is a challenge, but the ongoing pandemic has only accelerated the digital transformation and the necessity of high-performance global connectivity for the delivery of a richer experience to enterprises and consumers.”

Earlier this month, a number of Indian companies announced they were creating jobs in the UK, with Infosys and HCL technologies together creating 2,000 digital jobs as part of government efforts to create a stronger UK-India relationship. Other Indian tech companies will create jobs too, including MPhasis, which will create 1,000, Wipro, which will create 500 and Mastek, which will create 357.

Zach Marzouk

Zach Marzouk is a former ITPro, CloudPro, and ChannelPro staff writer, covering topics like security, privacy, worker rights, and startups, primarily in the Asia Pacific and the US regions. Zach joined ITPro in 2017 where he was introduced to the world of B2B technology as a junior staff writer, before he returned to Argentina in 2018, working in communications and as a copywriter. In 2021, he made his way back to ITPro as a staff writer during the pandemic, before joining the world of freelance in 2022.