Diversified conglomerate Reliance’s ambitious submarine cable system for high-capacity, high-speed internet connectivity from India (Mumbai) to Europe and Asia has received approval from the Environment Ministry’s expert panel.
India-Europe-Xpress (IEX) and India-Asia-Xpress (IAX) – the world’s largest undersea cable system – are expected to be ready between 2023 and 2024.
In a meeting on November 2, the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change’s Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for projects involving coastal zone rules recommended the project for approval in view of its importance for network connectivity.
IEX in the Arabian Sea and High Seas will connect Mumbai to Europe, with landings in the Middle East and Africa (Oman, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia and Egypt) as well as through the Mediterranean with landings in France, Italy and Greece further expanding to the American coast (East ).
IAX consists of 12 cable landings in five countries with the main trunk from Tuas (Singapore) to Mumbai and branches to Chennai, Matara (Sri Lanka), Satun (Thailand) and Morib (Malaysia).
The two cable systems will take off from Versova beach and Silver beach respectively in Mumbai.