E-marine, the principal provider of submarine cable solutions in the Middle East, has recently secured a major maintenance contract for the Bay of Bengal Gateway. It links five countries, Oman, UAE, India (Mumbai and Chennai), Sri Lanka and Malaysia. The total length is 8,040kms. It is a three-fiber pair cable, with an overall design capacity of 10 terabits/second per fiber pair. E-marine made the announcement at SubOptic 2016 in Dubai. This is the first time the event has been held in the Middle East and coincides with 30 years of SubOptic.
The project consortium comprises six companies, including Vodafone (UK), Etisalat (UAE), Omantel (Sultanate of Oman), Reliance Jio (India), Dialog Axiata (Sri Lanka) and Telekom Malaysia. The section under E-marine’s maintenance spans almost 4,000kms from Oman, through UAE, India, and on to close to Sri Lanka.
Mr Omar Jassim Bin Kalban, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of E-marine, said: “We are delighted to be part of a consortium of highly respected companies that is focused on providing a vital communication link connecting five countries. The section under our maintenance spans almost 4,000kms from Oman, through UAE, India, and on to close to Sri Lanka. This project underlines the trust the industry places in E-marine. We have unrivalled expertise in submarine cable installation and maintenance. With demand rising for faster internet speeds, we believe we will continue to play a key role providing high-quality communications infrastructure regionally and globally.”