The Andaman-Nicobar Islands are famous all over the world for palm trees, beautiful white sand beaches, and tropical rain forests. Nestled in the lap of nature, this island attracts everyone. Recently, the Prime Minister of the country Narendra Modi handed over the Submarine Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) to Andaman and Nicobar. This fiber cable is laid under the sea from Chennai to Port Blair. Apart from Port Blair, it will also be extended to Swaraj Island, Little Andaman, Car Nicobar, Kamarota, Great Nicobar, Long Island, Rangat, 6 other islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, providing high-speed internet to the entire Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Bharti Airtel (“Airtel”) congratulates the Department of Telecommunications on the inauguration of the undersea optic fiber link between Chennai and Andaman and Nicobar by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Sh. Narendra Modi.
The fiber link will be a game-changer for the region and unlock the true potential of 4G and even 5G in the future for customers. Bharti Airtel remains fully committed to the Government’s vision of Digital India. We hope the Department of Telecom will accelerate the deployment of USOF for building such infrastructure backbone to complement the efforts of telecom operators to bridge the digital divide.”
Bharti Airtel has been serving customers in Andaman and Nicobar since 2005. It was the first private operator to launch mobile services in the islands. With the launch of the ultra-Fast 4G‘ network, Airtel looks forward to further strengthening its bond with customers on the islands.
on 30 December 2018, PM Narendra Modi launched the Chennai-Andaman and Nicobar Islands Project (CANI). Under this project, 2,312 km of optical fiber cable has been laid under the sea. It has cost about Rs 1,224 crore. After the inauguration, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that OFC connectivity in Andaman and Nicobar Islands will give a boost to 4G mobile services on these islands.
This will promote digital services such as tele-education, telehealth, e-governance services, and tourism on the islands. He said that good connectivity in Andaman and Nicobar Islands would improve the quality of life and education of the people and create employment opportunities. PM Modi said that better net connectivity has become the first priority of any tourist destination today. Better connectivity in the region will create many opportunities in the tourism sector.
The project was executed by Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), while Telecommunication Consultants India Limited (TCIL) was the technical consultant. The cable laying was done by BSNL in a record time of fewer than 24 months. Being the first of its kind project in India, BSNL said that submarine optical fiber cabling work to ensure quality has been completed as per global specifications.
When 4G has been in the rest of India for almost a decade, the 3G network was still in use in the Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. But as people began to understand the importance of faster internet speeds, Bharti Airtel has finally launched ultra-fast 4G after laying of optical fiber cable from Chennai to Andaman-Nicobar Islands. In this way, Airtel has become the first private telecom operator to introduce high-speed 4G services in these islands. Let us know that Airtel has been providing network-related services to the people in Andaman since 2005.