Brazil wants to build own internet cable to Europe




Brazil wants to own transatlantic internet cable to Europe construction, so as not to depend on Internet connections to the United States. The relationship between the US and Brazil since the revelations Snowden-cooled.

The approximately 5,600-kilometer submarine cable, whose construction is coordinated by the Brazilian state telecom Telebras, costs according to Bloomberg dollar 185 million. That would amount to approximately 150 million euros. The cable will come ashore in Portugal. At this time expires Internet traffic between Brazil and Europe via the United States.

There is already talk about the construction of the cable, since 2012 but the revelations of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden were at least an additional argument for constructing it. They are probably also the main reason that no American equipment will be used. Telebras will only work with Brazilian, European and Asian companies.

For the companies involved, is not decided yet. According to Francisco Ziober, the director of Telebras, chances are that is chosen for companies such as Huawei, Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson. Remarkably Huawei accused of being by the US government is to correct work of espionage by the Chinese government.

The relations between Brazil and the United States is not done right the Snowden-disclosures. Last year, said Brazil though it would require Internet companies to store data of Brazilians in Brazil, to prevent espionage. Brazil is still thinking about cables to Africa and Asia.


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