Airtel joins SEA-ME-WE-6 undersea cable consortium to scale up the high-speed network in India  

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Bharti Airtel, on Monday, said that it has joined the SEA-ME-WE-6 undersea cable consortium to scale up its high-speed global network capacity to serve India’s fast-growing digital economy.

Airtel intends to add a significant amount of 100 TBps capacity to its global network through SEA-ME-WE-6. The network provider has acquired one Fiber Pair on the main SEA-ME-WE-6 system and will co-build four Fiber Pairs between Singapore – Chennai – Mumbai as part of the cable system. 

“Undersea cable systems along with data centers are vital infrastructure for supporting 5G and the digital economy. Airtel has been ahead of the curve on this front and already operates the largest undersea cable network out of India in addition to the biggest network of data centers. Our investment in SEA-ME-WE-6 is another step in our journey to future-proof our network and build large integrated capacities to enable India’s digital ecosystem.”

Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO, Airtel Business

Airtel is a major investor in the SEA-ME-WE-6 cable system, contributing 20% of the total investment in the system, which will go live in 2025. The SEA-ME-WE-6, with a length of 19,200 kilometers, will connect Singapore and France and will be one of the world’s largest undersea cable systems. 

Airtel will land the SEA-ME-WE-6 cable system in India at new landing stations in Mumbai and Chennai. The cable system will be fully integrated with Nxtra by Airtel’s large Data Centers in Mumbai and Chennai to enable global hyperscalers and businesses to access seamless integrated solutions. It is expected that this development will strengthen India’s position as an emerging data center hub in the region.

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