Alcatel has been awarded the major part of a contract, worth close to $250 million, to build a DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) network linking Singapore with Chennai in India, launched by Singapore Telecommunications and Bharti Enterprises. Engineered to provide a record capacity of 8.4Tbit/s, this network will help the Indian sub-continent to access data, Internet and e-commerce activities.
Relying on DWDM transmission technology, the network will provide the highest rate ever sold of 8.4Tbit/s – the eight fibre pairs being equipped with 105 wavelengths at 10Gbit/s. The network will be able to carry more than 100 million conversations simultaneously.
The initial phase of this network will span from Singapore to Chennai in India. This network will cover approximately 3,200 km. The contract comprises the full submarine system supply, including the network design and management, manufacturing and installation. This is the first network to be built connecting India using 10 Gbit/s DWDM technology and 8.4 Tbit/s capacity. Furthermore, it is the first time that India is linked with South East Asia since the installation of the Sea Me We 3 network in 1998. Linked with other world-wide networks, the cable network will provide India with global Internet access.
The Singapore-Chennai cable will link to SingTel’s cable network to the rest of the world. Once completed, this will result in a self-healing, fully redundant meshed configuration for greater network resilience and route diversity.
This project has been developed following the deregulation of the market in India and the SingTel-Bharti cable network is the first Indian private sector undersea fibre optic cable venture.
The network will be operational by the end of the year 2001.