Europe India Gateway

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Europe India Gateway (EIG)
18 companies
Landing points
Total length 15,000 km
Design capacity 3.84 terabits per second
Date of first use February 2011

Europe India Gateway (EIG) is a submarine communications cable system to connect the U.K., Portugal, Gibraltar, Monaco, France, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, United Arab Emirates, and India.[1]

Organization and owners[edit]

It is about 15,000 kilometres long.[1] It is capable of delivering up to 3.84 terabits per second.[2] The cable system is built by both Alcatel-Lucent[2] and TE Subcom (Formerly known as Tyco) and was scheduled to be completed in the second quarter of 2010.[2] As of February 2011, 11,300 km of the EIG's 15,000 km had been delivered to telecom operators. The only remaining segment of the EIG was in Egypt, where there are two landing sites and an overland cable.[3] The EIG will be the first direct high-bandwidth optical fibre system from Britain to India.

The cable system is being invested in by 18 companies,[4] including: AT&T; Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited; Bharti Airtel; BT Group; Cable & Wireless Worldwide; Djibouti Telecom; Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. (du); Gibtelecom; The Libyan International Telecommunications Company; Mauritius Telecom; Monaco Telecom; MTN Group; Omantel; PT Comunicações, S.A.; Saudi Telecom Company; Telecom Egypt; Telkom SA, and Verizon Business. The construction of the cable will cost $700 million.[5]


In March 2013, the EIG cable was cut near Egypt.[6] A few days later the I-ME-WE and SEA-ME-WE 4 cable was also cut near Egypt, supposedly by divers.[7]

Cable landing points[edit]

Modern fiber-optic cable around Africa's coast.
A map showing EIG and other cables

EIG has cable landing points at:[8][9]

See also[edit]

Other cable systems following a substantially similar route are:

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Sixteen Telcos Invest $700M In EIG Cable System" (Press release). Lloyd's / Dow Jones Newswires. 2008-05-07. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  2. ^ a b c "Alcatel-Lucent to Help Build Underwater EIG Cable". Technology Marketing Corporation. 2008-07-31. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "du invests in $700m Europe India Gateway undersea cable system" (Press release). du. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  5. ^ Europe-India Gateway submarine cable launched Deccan Herald, Feb 24, 2011
  6. ^ Cable snap off Egypt coast to slow down internet traffic ENS Economic Bureau : New Delhi, Sat Mar 30 2013
  7. ^ Kirk, Jeremy (2013-03-27). Sabotage suspected in Egypt submarine cable cut. ComputerWorld, 27 March 2013
  8. ^ Europe India Gateway main web page
  9. ^ EIG on Greg's Cable Map
  10. ^ "India to get first direct cable link to the UK". iTWire. 2008-05-07. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  11. ^ "Du joins submarine cable consortium". 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  12. ^ "Seamless Interconnection". Telecom and Networking Communications Today/ADI Media Pvt. Ltd. 2008-10-23. Retrieved 2009-01-07.