An industry executive explains the key elements of the CANI undersea cable system, the process of laying it down, and the ordeals that have been overcome from start to finish. Between the coast of Chennai and the beaches of the Andaman & Nicobar Islands archipelago, there's a 2,300 kilometre network of submarine optic fibre cables. The Chennai-Andaman & Nicobar Islands system, or CANI for short, is the only submarine cable that serves Indian territory alone — a similar system for the Lakshadweep Islands is being planned. Systems like CANI — at a larger, intercontinental level — are what makes the global nature of the internet possible, offering several terabits per second of broadband capacity between countries. Starting from November 2019 to August 2020, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, the state-owned telecom operator, laid the bulk of the cable system on…
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