European Commission has undersea cable laying

Jan

9

2019

between Brazil and Portugal
The European Commission has announced that a contract has now entered into force with which work on the construction of a submarine cable between Brazil and Portugal can begin.

The European Commission reports that the cable must be ready for use somewhere in 2020 as planned. According to Bella , an important participant in the project, construction will begin sometime early this year. That process begins with an examination of the ocean floor to determine the exact cable route. Then the cable system is made. The first data packages are expected to pass through the cable by the end of 2020.

The cable enters the sea in the Portuguese coastal town of Sines and then rises again in the Brazilian Fortaleza. Along the way, the cable also surfaced in Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and Madeira. French Guiana is also connected by cable. The cable, also known as EllaLink, connects data centers from Madrid, Lisbon, Marseille, Fortaleza and São Paulo.

According to the EU, the new cable and the increasing capacity are necessary to support companies, and scientific and cultural projects. The Commission hopes that the cable will contribute to business activity and that South American and European companies will continue to develop their data economy by cable and will start to cooperate more, for example in the area of ​​iot and high performance computing. In the area of ​​science, for example, the cable can contribute to the faster exchange of astronomical data, of which the European Southern Observatory in Chile, and various new observatories in Chile and Europe can benefit.

The new cable is formed by four fiber optic pairs, each pair having a capacity of 18Tbit / s. The EllaLink cable is designed to last 25 years and is 9300 km long. At present, between Europe and South America there is only the Atlantis 2 cable, which was built in 2000. This is largely used for telephony services, as a result of which the data capacity is limited.

EllaLink is also the name of a private consortium that is responsible for the construction and installation of the cable. Bella is an important participant in the project; this consortium is an international collaboration of research and education networks, of which the European Commission is the main investor. The EU contributes € 26.5 million to the project and South American members of the participating consortium contribute a total of € 27.2 million.

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