Airtel, on Monday, broke the news 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 will set up the SEA-ME-WE-6 cable system in India at new landing stations in Mumbai and Chennai. The cable system, fully integrated with Nxtra by Airtel’s large Data Centers in Mumbai and Chennai, will enable global hyperscalers and businesses to access seamless integrated solutions. It will also help strengthen India’s position as an emerging data center hub in the region.
“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
The Company, through SEA-ME-WE-6, will add a significant amount of 100 TBps capacity to its global network. Airtel has acquired one Fiber Pair on the main SEA-ME-WE-6 system and will co-build four Fiber Pairs between Singapore to Chennai to Mumbai as part of the cable system.
The 19,200 Rkm SEA-ME-WE-6 will connect Singapore and France, and will be amongst the largest undersea cable systems globally. Airtel is participating as a major investor in the SEA-ME-WE-6 and is anchoring 20% of the overall investment in the cable system, which will go LIVE in 2025.