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Reliance Jio's new undersea cable links Asia, Africa, Europe

India gains 40 terabytes of bandwidth capacity as demand rises

MUMBAI -- Indian mobile communications company Reliance Jio Infocomm has debuted a 25,000km undersea cable connecting Asia, Africa and Europe in a bid to keep pace with demand for data.

The cable links the French city of Marseille with Hong Kong and travels through four seas -- the South China, Arabian, Red and Mediterranean -- in what is reportedly one of the largest such projects of the past 15 years.

The cost has not been disclosed for this project, from a consortium of 19 companies including China Unicom, Thai telecom TOT, Vietnam's Viettel and Pakistan Telecommunication in addition to Middle Eastern and African telecommunications businesses.

Data communications between Asian countries as well as between Asia and elsewhere are soaring amid increased video content viewing, music streaming and use of social networking services. Reliance Jio Infocomm's cable will provide up to 40 terabytes per second of bandwidth capacity to India.

Reliance Jio, a subsidiary of Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries, uses low data communications costs and high speeds as selling points.

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