CANI Cable System

Dec. 31, 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Andaman and Nicobar Islands announced the ‘Chennai Andaman Nicobar Island’ (CANI) cable system.


  • The ‘Chennai Andaman Nicobar Island’ (CANI) cable system is a sub-marine cable system to provide high speed internet to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

  • Speed: The CANI cable system will have a speed of 100 Gigabit per second.

  • Route:
    • The sub-marine cable system will be laid on the sea bed and the total route length will be 2,199.66 km.

    • It will connect the Indian mainland from Chennai with the eight islands of the Union Territory namely: Port Blair, Little Andaman (Hut Ba), Car Nicobar, Kamorta, Great Nicobar (Campbell Bay), Havelock, Long and Rangat.

    • The cable will land at the beaches and terminate at the proposed beach manhold (BMH) locations and then taken to the cable landing station (CLS) for distribution.

  • Cost: The project is expected to be implemented at a cost of ₹71 crore.

  • Significance:
    • It will be of immense strategic significance to India in addition to assisting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands communications security, especially during natural disasters or failures of other systems.

    • At present, telecom connectivity between the mainland and Andaman and Nicobar is through satellites with limited bandwidth capacity.

Source : PIB