Community News

EllaLink transatlantic submarine cable reaches Portugal

EllaLink announces today the landing of the submarine cable system in Sines (Portugal) which will deliver direct connectivity between Europe and Latin America thanks to the EU-funded BELLA programme.  Expected to become fully operational in the second quarter of this year, the EllaLink cable system will provide an unprecedented level of international connectivity between the two continents.

This year’s Portuguese Presidency of the European Commission is looking at this initiative with great interest as it will open a “corridor” for the transmission of data between Europe and Latin America and will be the first direct high-speed submarine cable connection between the two continents.

By creating the shortest direct route between Europe and Latin America, the EllaLink cable system will reduce latency by 50% compared to the current infrastructure, reaching a real value of less than 60ms between Portugal and Brazil. In particular, the state-of-the-art technology used in the EllaLink system through a direct, high-speed connection with very low latency will provide for the transatlantic data-sharing needs of research and education communities in Europe and Latin America for the next quarter of a century.

During the first months of 2021, EllaLink will strengthen its network in order to become operational by the end of the year’s second quarter. Connections are planned to the islands of Madeira and Cape Verde, but also to Marseille, which will allow for increased connectivity with Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Read EllaLink’s full announcement here and enjoy their latest video about the Sines cable landing.

For further information about BELLA, watch our video animation