Bharti Airtel forms consortium to build submarine cable link

9 years ago | 27-02-2008 | SAMPURN

NEW DELHI, February 27: With a view to build a new high-bandwidth under-sea cable system connecting the US and Japan, Bharti Airtel has joined hands with five major global firms including Internet giant Google. Apart from Bharti Airtel and Google, Global Transit, KDDI Corporation, Pacnet and SingTel have constituted the Unity Bandwidth Consortium that will together invest about USD 300 million to construct the proposed under-sea link.

Significantly, this is the third most important project by Bharti Airtel in the recent past aimed at becoming a major player in the international bandwidth business. In January, Bharti Airtel along with eight leaders of the international telecommunications industry including VSNL, had entered into a formal construction and maintenance deal to construct a fiber-optic sub-marine cable that extends from India to France through the Middle East.

In 2007, Bharti joined the Telecom Malaysia (TM)-led 17-member consortium of telecommunication companies to set up an Asia-America gateway (AAG) the first submarine cable system linking South-East Asia directly to the US.

This new conglomerate is a step towards to improve the idleness with flexible networks, particularly in the wake of the recent crisis when under-sea links were damaged off the coast of Egypt, disrupting Internet links in many countries including India. With manifold under-sea cables in place, Bharti Airtel can hedge itself by redirecting traffic via other under-sea