Omantel launches EIG submarine cable

The new system is to position Omantel to serve as a regional hub for international cables

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Omantel launches EIG submarine cable The 15,000 km EIG submarine cable is stated to be the first cable directly linking UK with India. (Getty Images)
By  Nithyasree Trivikram Published  March 1, 2011

Oman's telecom operator, Omantel, has announced the partial activation of the new Europe-India Gateway (EIG) submarine cable, stated a report from the Oman Daily Observer. The full system is expected to be operational by this year end.

The $700 million cable is expected to enhance the international capacity and diversity between the Sultanate and the Middle East to Europe and Asia, said the daily newspaper.

Abdul Rahim Mohammed al Bahlani, general manager of business relations at Omantel's wholesale business unit, was quoted in the report saying: "This is another great addition to our network of submarine cables. Europe-India Gateway will strengthen Omantel's position as the regional leading hub for the international submarine cables." He also said that the new cable will enable the operator to provide better bandwidth and connectivity to its customers from around the globe.

Omantel has invested around $55 million in the 15,000 km EIG cable system along with 15 global operators, which is stated to be the first cable directly linking UK with India. With the introduction of EIG, Omantel is to have four cables in operation that link Australia in the East with America in the west.

The cable system routes are London to Bude, UK; Bude to Portugal to Gibraltar to Monaco to Libya; Monaco to Marseille, France; and Saudi Arabia to Djibouti to Oman to United Arab Emirates to India.

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