Global Cloud Xchange shortlists 3 vendors for subsea cable project

Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) has shortlisted three telecom network vendors for constructing its India Cloud Xchange (ICX) subsea cable project.

The subsea cable will deliver a direct Mumbai-Singapore route to bypass current outage prone terrestrial routes between Mumbai and Chennai.

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The project, announced last June, will provide a direct subsea route to bridge a gap in the emerging markets corridor and to meet bandwidth demands of new cloud based applications and services.

Global Cloud Xchange CEO Bill Barney

“In the coming month we will finalize the vendor selection process and initiate process to construct the ICX cable which will integrate with our GCX global network infrastructure for direct connectivity to major business centers in Asia, Middle East, North America and Europe,” said Bill Barney, chief executive officer, Global Cloud Xchange.

Based on 100G technology, the ICX cable will be a four fiber pair system with initial design capacity per fiber pair at 80 x 100G using next generation Coherent Submarine Fiber.  This new segment will deliver termination into the Middle East, Europe and to the US East Coast through interconnection with GCX’s Falcon, Hawk and FA-1 systems.

The new ICX fiber system will run approximately 5,060 kilometers between Mumbai and Singapore, will also have a branch landing in Trivandrum and/or Chennai.  This will support creation of a next generation IP and Cloud environment held together with a single AS number and connecting into Tier III+ data center facilities on the ground.

GCX owns the world’s largest private undersea cable system spanning more than 67,000 route kms which, integrated with Reliance Communications’ 200,000 route kms of domestic optic fiber backbone, provides Global Service Delivery Platform.

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