Reliance Globalcom, the underseas cable unit of Reliance Communications said on Monday that it had launched a joint venture with Iraq that considerably expands the country’s broadband and telecommunications links to the outside world.
The activation of Al-Faw Cable Landing Station, in a project with Iraqi Telecommunications and Post Company (ITPC) will join Iraq to countries in the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America, the Indian firm said in a statement.
Reliance Globalcom, which owns the world’s major private undersea cable system across 65,000 kilometers, said that the station with a design capacity of 680 Gbps with two diverse routes would firstly use 50 Gbps on each route to cater to existing market demand.
The two different routes were connected to the Falcon undersea fiber-optic cable network owned by Reliance Globalcom.
Rory Cole, COO of Reliance Globalcom said that “This will help connect Iraq to the rest of the world through our global networks. The Middle East is one of the fastest-growing regions in the world.”
Reliance Communications, India’s second-largest mobile firm by users, obtained the FLAG undersea cable network for $207 million in 2003, and the business is now part of its Reliance Globalcom unit. It sells capacity on the network to numerous of the world’s major carriers.