Indian telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) has begun implementing a plan to lay a submarine cable between India and Sri Lanka to provide international voice and data services. Supply contracts for the INR500 million (USD11.5 million) project have been awarded and the operator has confirmed that Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu is the landing station on the Indian side. From Sri Lanka, BSNL plans to extend its cable to other countries, to compete with international carrier Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL).
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