From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Map of Ellalink submarine cable routes.jpg
Landing points
Total length9,400 km between Praia Grande (Brazil) and Sines (Portugal) + 730 km Branching unity to Fortaleza (Brazil) [1]
Topology4 × 2 fibers
Design capacity72Tb/s (4 Fiber Pairs x 120 Multiplexed channels x 150 Gbps per channel)[1]
Currently lit capacity48Tb/s (4 Fiber Pairs x 120 Multiplexed channels x 100 Gbps per channel)[1]
Technologyrepeatered DWDM
Date of first use2020

EllaLink (formerly EulaLink) is a planned submarine cable linking Brazil and Portugal with en route landings at Cabo Verde, the Canary Islands and Madeira. It is expected to cost $185 million.[1][2]

On 30 June 2015 a joint venture between Brazilian telecoms provider Telebras and Spain's IslaLink was signed off which will complete the communications link early 2018.[1] 45 percent interest in the project will be held by EUlaLink, 35 percent by Telebras (which agreed in September 2018 to sell its stake for capacity in the system) while a further Brazilian shareholder will put up the remainder.[1][3] The European Commission (EC) will invest around €25 million in the new fibre-optic infrastructure via the Building Europe Link to Latin America (BELLA) project, which was put forward by European research network DANTE and its Latin American counterpart RedCLARA.[4]

EllaLink is planned to have landings at Cabo Verde and Madeira [5]

In June 2015 it was reported that Guyana's government is considering to tap into the EllaLink cable which will be debated in parliament in September 2015 before a formal bid must be supplied no later than end of 2015.[4][6]

Currently the only other cable connecting Latin America directly to Europe is the Atlantis-2 cable laid in 2000, which has limited capacity, being almost exclusively used as a telephony link.[2] The project is also driven by the aim to funnel Internet traffic between South America and Europe, bypassing the US entirely after reports suggested that the National Security Agency in the United States had been spying on Brazil's telecommunications.[2] Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the EllaLink was central to "guarantee the neutrality" of the Internet, signaling her desire to shield Brazil's Internet traffic from U.S. surveillance.[3]

The project is supported by Brazil and the EU who explained the cable will: "improve communications between the two continents, facilitate the take-up of broadband, stimulate ICT investments, reduce the interconnectivity costs for our businesses and researchers, enhance the protection of communications and provide better functional characteristics."[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f http://www.islalink.com/portfolio/brazil-ellalink/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b c Angelica Mari (12 February 2014). "High expectations for Brazil undersea cable to Europe". ZDNet. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b Robin Emmott (24 February 2014). "Brazil, Europe plan undersea cable to skirt U.S. spying". Reuters. Retrieved 28 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Cable Compendium: a guide to the week's submarine and terrestrial developments". TeleGeography. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  5. ^ video presentation of EllaLink project by Alfonso Gajate president of IslaLink
  6. ^ "Internet : un deuxième câble sous-marin pour 2018". FranceGuyane.fr / Antilles-Guyane Medias. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  7. ^ Olivia Solon (25 February 2014). "NSA-dodging undersea cable to connect Brazil and EU". WIRED.CO.UK. Retrieved 26 October 2014.

External links[edit]