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Start Campus and EllaLink establish partnership to strengthen connectivity between Europe, South America and Africa

11-10-2021

  • Agreement between Start Campus and EllaLink to strengthen Portuguese international connectivity between the future Hyperscale data center and Latin America, Europe and Africa through the submarine cable recently inaugurated in Sines;
  • Start Campus and EllaLink partnership is crucial to turn Sines into a Digital Hub of excellence at European level;

Sines and Dublin – Start Campus, the company responsible for the development of the Hyperscale data center project - SINES 4.0©, one of Europe's largest Hyperscale sustainable data centers to be developed in Sines, Portugal, signed an agreement with EllaLink, company that recently inaugurated the first direct high-speed connection by submarine cable between Europe and South America.

This agreement reinforces the combination of two essential components that establish the internets’ backbone, Hyperscale data centers and submarine cables, that together guarantee 99% of intercontinental digital connectivity.

The partnership will provide a framework of cooperation between Start Campus and EllaLink guarantying that the infrastructures interact, knowledge is shared and synergies are established to promote Sines as a new digital hub in global data network systems. The goal is to link the two projects to boost Portugal’s international connectivity and reinforce direct connections with Europe, South America, Africa and Asia.

The companies will work together to explore and improve the development of new cable routes as well as promote the existing ones. Today, Sines is directly connected to Lisbon and Madrid in Europe, Fortaleza, São Paulo & Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. In the future, the connectivity will be extended to Marseille, Barcelona and Casablanca and furthermore to the United States, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

According to Afonso Salema, Managing Director of Start Campus, "We’ve partnered with EllaLink to connect SINES 4.0© to South America and Africa and, in doing so, we’ll explore all the benefits it will bring to the Portuguese and European connectivity. This partnership enhances the two projects and helps transform Portugal into a World Digital Hub, futureproofing the Portuguese economy by bringing skilled jobs and economic benefits to the country”.

For Diego Matas, EllaLink’s COO, "This partnership is an important step in the affirmation of Sines as a true technological hub. With it, we reiterate EllaLink's willingness to enhance the existing route integrated into a true ecosystem that offers high capacity, route diversity, low latency connectivity and a state-of-the-art infrastructure."

Start Campus announced, in April, the project SINES 4.0©, an Hyperscaler Data Centre, with a capacity of up to 495MW, in Sines, representing an investment of up to €3.5 billion. It will be one of Europe's largest data center campus, responding to the large international technology companies growing demand. It will create up to 1,200 highly skilled direct jobs and 8,000 indirect jobs by 2025. Located in Sines, it will benefit from all strategic advantages such as state-of-the-art seawater cooling systems, access to the high voltage power grid, connectivity through high-capacity international fiber optic and the usage of 100% green energy.

SINES 4.0© will have an environmentally neutral outset having a strong competitive green energy production component, with strong indicators of water consumption and highly efficient Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE). This will be one of the largest data center ecosystems with 100% green energy at competitive prices in a premium European location, which is the perfect gateway to Europe and the world.

EllaLink has built and operate a brand-new modular cable landing station (CLS) in Sines that welcomes a 7 fiber pair submarine cable with a potential capacity of 190 Terabits per second directly connecting Brazil, Cabo Verde, Madeira and Morocco. This CLS is as well directly connected to major data centers in Lisbon and Madrid through a secure and diverse optical ring.

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