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    Bharti Airtel Inks Contracts to Build Southeast Asia Japan Cable System
    Backbone to provide world’s highest bandwidth capacity 
    Links to multiple countries between Japan and Singapore 

     
    New Delhi, India, 10 December, 2009 : Bharti Airtel today signed a landmark agreement with several other operators to build and operate the Southeast Asia Japan Cable system (SJC), a new international submarine cable system with the highest capacity in the world. The new cable system will address broadband demand by providing much needed capacity and faster, more reliable connectivity to sustain the unprecedented growth in data, web applications and Internet traffic throughout Asia.

    The SJC system, estimated to cost US$400 million and measure 8300 km, will initially link Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, and Japan. The 6-fiber-pair high capacity submarine cable system has a design capacity of 17 Terabits per second (Tbps) upgradeable to 23 Tbps, the highest capacity system ever built so far.

    Speaking on the occasion David Nishball, President- Enterprise Services, Bharti Airtel said,”The launch of the Southeast Asia Japan Cable System will significantly enhance the region's telecom infrastructure by delivering better and diverse connectivity. This system will provide large capacities to our customers to meet all their global connectivity needs and exceed their service level expectations. This cable link also synergises with our existing high speed connectivity from India to Singapore on i2i and from Japan to US on Unity creating a high speed terabit highyway for us between India and the United states, This cable system is an important milestone in the telecommunications infrastructure and Bharti Airtel is proud to be part of the global consortium to build the same.” 

    Initiating parties to this breakthrough project include players like Bharti Airtel, Globe Telecom (Philippines), Google (USA), KDDI (Japan) and Telemedia Pacific Inc. (Hong Kong/Indonesia). Other initial parties have signified their intent to participate in the project once requisite approvals have been obtained 

    The initiating parties signed the agreements in Manila on December 10, 2009. The SJC is targeted to be operational by the second quarter of 2012. 

    About Bharti Airtel Limited: Bharti Airtel Limited, a group company of Bharti Enterprises is among Asia’s leading integrated telecom services providers with operations in India and Sri Lanka. The company has an aggregate of over 115 million customers as of end October 2009, consisting of 113.2 million mobile customers. Bharti Airtel has been ranked among the six best performing technology companies in the world by Business Week.

    Bharti Airtel is structured as four strategic business units - Mobile, Telemedia, Enterprise and Digital TV. The mobile business offers services in India and Sri Lanka. The Telemedia business provides broadband, IPTV and telephone services in 95 Indian cities. The Enterprise business provides end-to-end telecom solutions to corporate customers and national and international long distance services to carriers. The Digital TV business provides Direct-to-Home TV services across India. All these services are provided under the Airtel brand. Airtel’s national high-speed optic fibre network currently spans over 113,326 Rkms covering all the major cities in India. The company has two international landing stations in Chennai and Mumbai, connecting two submarine cable systems - i2i to Singapore and SEA-MEWE-4 to Europe. For more information, visit 
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