RCom arm GCX completes India data centre for Eagle Subsea Network

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on June 19, 2018

Reliance Communications’ subsidiary Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) has completed IDC-5, the largest data centre in the country, as it readies for the landing of the new Eagle Subsea Network. The new subsea cable, which is being built by GCX, is expected to be lit up by the third quarter of 2020.

The new data centre, located at Dhirubhai Ambani Knowledge City in Mumbai, has a 40-MW capacity. With more than 4.5 lakh sq ft built-up area and 6,000-rack capacity, IDC-5 is a green data centre, GCX said in a statement.

“When Eagle lands in two years, it will be connected to the world’s largest cloud operators inside India’s newest and largest data centre. We are delighted to have completed IDC-5 in time to make it an anchor on the world’s ‘Cloud & Fibre initiative’, which will play a pivotal role in the hyper growth of technology expansion across the emerging markets corridor,” said RCom Chief Executive Officer and GCX Chairman & CEO Bill Barney.

The Eagle express cable system will drive 120Tbps of capacity towards Hong Kong and 120Tbps towards Europe. The new network will be based on a 100G technology using next generation coherent submarine fibre. The company plans to announce the Hong Kong and European landing points in the next 60-90 days.

Eagle will be the fastest on Mumbai-Hong Kong route, avoiding the outage-prone Malacca Strait.

In addition, it will also be the fastest submarine route between India and key technology centres across West Asia and Europe and will connect data centres and economies along the route to its India hub.

“India has a key strategic location in the global submarine cable network. New cables extending to the East and West from India will help to accommodate surging capacity demand and enhance network resiliency. Demand for international bandwidth between Europe and Asia is expected to increase nearly 9-fold between 2017 and 2023 and bandwidth linking Europe to the Middle East is forecast to increase seven-fold during the same period,” Alan Mauldin, Research Director, TeleGeography, said.

Published on June 19, 2018

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