Jio’s IAX and IEX Projects to Address Region’s Data Revolution
Mumbai, 17th May 2021: Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd. (Jio), India’s leading 4G and mobile
broadband digital service provider, is constructing the largest international submarine
cable system centered on India. Jio, in conjunction with several key global partners and
world-class submarine cable supplier SubCom, is currently deploying two next generation
cables to support the extraordinary growth in data demand across the region.
The India-Asia-Xpress (IAX) system connects India eastbound to Singapore and beyond,
while the India-Europe-Xpress (IEX) system connects India westbound to the Middle East
and Europe. The systems will seamlessly interconnect as well as connect to the world’s
top interexchange points and content hubs for extension of service globally. IAX and IEX
will enhance the ability for consumer and enterprise users to access content and cloud
services in and out of India.
For the first time in the history of fiber optic submarine telecommunications, these
systems place India at the center of the international network map, recognizing India’s
increased importance, staggering growth, and the quantum shift in data use since the
launch of Jio services in 2016.
These high capacity and high-speed systems will provide more than 200Tbps of capacity
spanning over 16,000 kilometers. Employing open system technology and the latest
wavelength switched RoADM/branching units ensures rapid upgrade deployment and the
ultimate flexibility to add/drop waves across multiple locations.
“Jio is at the forefront of India’s explosive growth in digital services and data consumption.
To meet the demands of Streaming Video, Remote Workforce, 5G, IoT, and beyond, Jio
is taking a leadership role in the construction of the first of its kind, India-centric IAX and
IEX subsea systems,” said Mr. Mathew Oommen, President, Reliance Jio.
“Implementing these critical initiatives in the shadow of a global pandemic is a challenge,
but the ongoing pandemic has only accelerated the digital transformation and the
necessity of high-performance global connectivity for the delivery of a richer experience
to enterprises and consumers.”
The IAX system connects India, the world’s fastest growing economy, to Asia Pacific
markets with express connectivity from Mumbai and Chennai to Thailand, Malaysia, and
Singapore. The IEX system extends India’s connectivity to Italy, landing in Savona, and
additional landings in the Middle East and North Africa. Apart from the seamless
connection of the IAX and IEX sub-sea systems, the two systems are also connected to
the Reliance Jio Global Fiber Network beyond Asia Pacific and Europe, connecting to
both the east and west coast of the USA. IAX is expected to be ready for service mid2023, while IEX will be ready for service in early 2024.
About Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited:
Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited, a subsidiary of Jio Platforms Limited, has built a worldclass all-IP data strong future proof network with latest 4G LTE technology. It is the only
network conceived and born as a Mobile Video Network from the ground up and
supporting Voice over LTE technology. It is future ready and can be easily upgraded to
support even more data, as technologies advance on to 5G, 6G and beyond.
Jio has brought transformational changes in the Indian digital services space to enable
the vision of Digital India for 1.3 billion Indians and propel India into global leadership in
the digital economy. It has created an eco-system comprising of network, devices,
applications and content, service experience and affordable tariffs for everyone to live the
Jio Digital Life. As part of its customer offers, Jio has revolutionised the Indian telecom
landscape by making voice calls for Jio customers absolutely free, across India, to any
network, and always. Jio makes India the highest quality, most affordable data market in
the world so that every Indian can do Datagiri.
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Reliance Jio Infocomm