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NEC to lay cable between India, Sri Lanka

The new network will provide a communication route from India via Sri Lanka to other countries including those in Asia.

NEC has inked a contract with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) in India and Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) to provide a submarine cable system which will serve as a broadband backbone network between both countries.

The Bharat Lanka Cable System, to be completed in the second quarter of 2006, consists of 320 km of submarine cable and transmission systems. Its initial capacity of 40 gigabytes per second will be upgraded to a speed of 960 gigabytes per second at a later date, according to a media statement.

Upon its completion, the system will provide a communication route from India via Sri Lanka to other countries including those in Asia, Europe and America.

NEC will provide the marine installation, commissioning and integration on a full turnkey basis.