MUMBAI, India, Jan. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) today announces the company has shortlisted three vendors for the construction of its India Cloud Xchange (ICX) subsea cable, which will deliver a direct MumbaiSingapore route to bypass current outage prone terrestrial routes between Mumbai and Chennai.

Last June, the company announced plans for the cable as part of its strategy to provide a direct subsea route to bridge an important gap in the emerging markets corridor and to meet soaring bandwidth demands of new cloud based applications and services.

"In the coming month we will finalize the vendor selection process and initiate process to construct the ICX cable which will integrate with our GCX global network infrastructure for direct connectivity to major business centers in Asia, Middle East, North America and Europe," said Bill Barney, Chief Executive Officer, Global Cloud Xchange. 

Based on state-of-the-art 100G technology, the ICX cable will be a four fiber pair system with initial design capacity per fiber pair at 80 x 100G using next generation Coherent Submarine Fiber.  This new segment will deliver termination into the Middle East, Europe and to the US East Coast through interconnection with GCX’s Falcon, Hawk and FA-1 systems. 

The new ICX fiber system will run approximately 5,060 kilometers between Mumbai and Singapore, will also have a branch landing in Trivandrum and/or Chennai.  This will support creation of a next generation IP and Cloud environment held together with a single AS number and connecting into Tier III+ data center facilities on the ground.

About Global Cloud Xchange

Global Cloud Xchange (GCX) offers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions customized for carriers, enterprises and new media companies. GCX owns the world’s largest private undersea cable system spanning more than 67,000 route kms which, seamlessly integrated with Reliance Communications’ 200,000 route kms of domestic optic fiber backbone, provides a robust Global Service Delivery Platform. With connections to 40 key business markets worldwide spanning Asia, North America, Europe and the Middle East, GCX delivers Managed Services to more than 160 countries and offers extensive VPLS-enabled Ethernet network capabilities globally. GCX is equipped to support businesses through the deployment of next generation Enterprise solutions across its Cloud Delivery Networks. 

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