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PRIME MINISTER SHRI NARENDRA MODI LAUNCHES SUBMARINE CABLE CONNECTIVITY TO ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS (CANI)

PRIME MINISTER SHRI NARENDRA MODI LAUNCHES SUBMARINE CABLE CONNECTIVITY TO ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS (CANI)

Context

Recently, the Prime Minister launched and dedicated to the nation the submarine Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) connecting Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Details

  • It will help Andaman & Nicobar Islands. in getting cheaper & better connectivity and all the benefits of Digital India.
  • It will improve online education, tele-medicine, banking system, online trading and in boosting tourism
  • It is a network of cables  about 2300 kilometers under the sea.
  • It will connect Chennai to Port Blair, Port Blair to Little Andaman and Port Blair to Swaraj Island digitally.

About Optical Fiber

  • It is a flexible, transparent fiber made by drawing glass or plastic to a diameter slightly thicker than that of a human hair

About Andaman & Nicobar Islands

  • It is a Union territory of India.
  • It comprises 572 islands out of which 37 are inhabited.
  • These islands are the group of islands at the juncture of the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea.
  • It comprises two islands namely Andaman Islands and Nicobar Islands, which are separated by a ten degree channel.
  • It hosts the Andaman and Nicobar Command which is the only tri-service command of the Indian Armed Forces.

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