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] The EIG is the first direct high-bandwidth optical fibre system from Britain to India.

The cable system was invested in by 18 companies,[3] 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.[4]


In March 2013, the EIG cable was cut near Egypt.[5] A few days later the I-ME-WE and SEA-ME-WE 4 cable was also cut near Egypt, supposedly by divers.[6]

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:[7][8]

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