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India gets fibre link to UK

India gets fibre link to UK

The Europe India Gateway will provide the nations involved with a much-needed boost to the speed and reliability of their connection to the Internet.

India is due to get its first direct fibre-optic link to the UK in a £350 million project dubbed the Europe India Gateway.

According to the press release issued yesterday, the project is aimed at expanding network capacity and ensuring routing diversity amongst the thirteen planned landings.

The cable will start off in India and terminate in the UK, but not before taking in the United Arab Emirates, Oman (shame they didn't have it when I lived there), Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, France, Monaco, Morocco, Gibraltar, and Portugal in a frankly impressive 15,000 kilometre journey.

The fibre-optic cable will allow for an eye-watering total capacity of 3.84 terabits per second, and will carry video, data, and voice traffic between the nations involved. Not only will this badly-needed boost in capacity improve international connections, but the increased diversity offered by another backbone cable will mean critical systems are more likely to keep communicating even in the not-too-rare cases of earthquakes in the area.

The EIG system is the brainchild of a consortium of telecommunication companies, in alphabetical order: AT&T; Bharti Airtel; BT; Cable &Wireless; Djibouti Telecom; Du; Gibtelecom; IAM; Libyan Post, Telecom and Information Technology Company; MTN Group Ltd; Omantel; PT Comunicacoes, S.A.; Saudi Telecom Company; Telecom Egypt; Telkom SA Ltd; and Verizon Business.

All going well, and providing suppliers Alcatel-Lucent and Tyco Telecommunications – the company chosen to supply the gadgets for Google's own undersea cable – are able to fulfil their end of the contract, the system is due to go live some time in 2010.

Anyone here from any of the countries involved and looking forward to the boost in speeds? Share your thoughts in the forums.

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Hugo 7th May 2008, 09:29 Quote
ComputerKing will be pleased, seeing as he should benefit from better latencies to bit-tech as a result :)
badders 7th May 2008, 09:39 Quote
So All the Indian Call centres will get more bandwidth? "Up to Forty-two times fasterings"?
Shadow_101 7th May 2008, 09:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by badders
So All the Indian Call centres will get more bandwidth? "Up to Forty-two times fasterings"?

you get free ringding... :)
Almightyrastus 7th May 2008, 10:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by badders
So All the Indian Call centres will get more bandwidth? "Up to Forty-two times fasterings"?

Does this mean they will be finally be able to understand me? and me them?

I just wish they would sort out the national distribution over here and get us onto fibre instead of the antique copper stuff.
mmorgue 7th May 2008, 10:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Almightyrastus
Does this mean they will be finally be able to understand me? and me them?

No. It means they can do the updations to your bank account and the needful to your broadband faster... i.e., ruin it quicker
Flibblebot 7th May 2008, 12:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by badders
So All the Indian Call centres will get more bandwidth? "Up to Forty-two times fasterings"?
Yes, lets be truthful about this. It's got nothing to do with improving internet connectivity of the countries involved, and everything to do improving connections between call centres in India and the UK.
p3n 7th May 2008, 19:08 Quote
the start of that list worries me on who gets to use this glorious pipeline :)
Amon 8th May 2008, 01:22 Quote
Why is it called the Europe-India Gateway if it starts in India?
legoman666 8th May 2008, 02:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by p3n
the start of that list worries me on who gets to use this glorious pipeline :)

why....
Major 8th May 2008, 10:15 Quote
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Originally Posted by Hugo
ComputerKing will be pleased, seeing as he should benefit from better latencies to bit-tech as a result :)

Really?, he is lives in Dubai, not India.
Glider 8th May 2008, 11:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Major
Really?, he is lives in Dubai, not India.
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The cable will start off in India and terminate in the UK, but not before taking in the United Arab Emirates, Oman (shame they didn't have it when I lived there), Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Libya, France, Monaco, Morocco, Gibraltar, and Portugal in a frankly impressive 15,000 kilometre journey.
mikeuk2004 8th May 2008, 20:03 Quote
Yay, all those companies that have not got a india call centre yet will have soon. Enjoy the last remaining UK call centres will you can, because they will be missed. :)

None of those countries are likely to provide porn sites, so why bother with all that speed? its wasted i tell you :)
modgodtanvir 11th May 2008, 13:56 Quote
lol. The Passage to India.
Kurayamino 12th May 2008, 06:34 Quote
If India can do it why can't we??? We are richer after all and probably have the 2nd largest telephone communication company in the world. I did say probably :P
RTT 12th May 2008, 08:26 Quote
Let the spam begin ;)
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