The first Latin American-European direct-connected submarine
The European Research Network GEANT and its Latin American counterpart RedCLARA have signed an inalienable right to use contract (IRU) for EllaLink (formerly known as EulaLink) submarine cable system.
EllaLink submarine cables are designed to provide the first subsea system to achieve fiber optic cable connections directly in Europe and Latin America.
It is reported that this submarine cable is expected to be put into use in late 2020.
GEANT CEO Eric Heiser said: "Through this project, we and Latin American partners can deploy and upgrade to meet research and educational connectivity needs. This is a brand new model." According to current plans, EllaLink will bring 72Tbps connections to the two continents. EllaLink, with a total length of 10,119 km, will land in Sines, Portugal, and the Praia Grande River near Sao Paulo, Brazil. The feeder line will extend to Fortaleza, Brazil, Madeira, Portugal and Cape Verde. Brazil's state-owned telecommunications infrastructure provider Telebras will hold 35% shares in the company, while Spain's IslaLink will hold 45% shares. The submarine cable system will be deployed by Nokia's Alcatel Undersea Network (ASN) division.