Paving a new data traffic highway across the Atlantic Ocean: DE-CIX and EllaLink commit to a strategic partnership

DE-CIX and EllaLink commit to a strategic partnership

Lisbon/Madrid and Dublin, Ireland, 27 April 2021. DE-CIX, the world’s leading Internet Exchange operator, and EllaLink, the express optical platform between Europe and Latin America, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a strategic partnership. The goal of the partnership is to promote and enhance a new low latency path across the southern Atlantic, directly connecting Brazil and South Europe. Lisbon will function as the entry point to South Europe’s largest neutral interconnection ecosystem, consisting of the five DE-CIX interconnected IXs in Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Marseille, and Palermo. The aim of the partnership is to offer the unique benefits of the low latency routing to all DE-CIX and EllaLink customers and partners, as well as the wider global Internet community at large. 

“Latency is the new currency of our digitalized world. Everything, everywhere, will be digital – and every millisecond counts when it comes to critical applications for different verticals, e.g. mobility, finance, or e-health. The two strong business regions of South Europe and Latin America share many similarities when it comes to culture, language, and the demands on the markets, and will now – with the new EllaLink sub sea cable – grow together even more strongly. The huge demand for low-latency and high quality data exchange between the two continents requires the shortest and fastest connection possible. This is what users on both sides of the Atlantic deserve for a great Internet experience,” says Ivo Ivanov, CEO of DE-CIX International.

“One of our main objectives for creating a low latency route between Latin America and Southern Europe was to establish a unique ecosystem which would unite these two markets and provide benefits to users in both continents. The demand for digital content continues to rise, which in turn drives the demand for network optimisation. EllaLink’s design places Fortaleza as close to Europe as it is to the USA, and therefore with the same latency reach. Through our partnership with DE-CIX, EllaLink will be able to provide Latin America with safer, more efficient, and more secure access to Internet Exchange points in Europe allowing us to offer a stable and secure environment for our customers. We are excited to lead this new route revolution,” said Diego Matas, COO of EllaLink.

Celebrating its fifth anniversary, DE-CIX Madrid is the heart of the largest neutral interconnection ecosystem in South Europe, which also consists of further IXs in Barcelona, Lisbon, Marseille, and Palermo. As data traffic is increasingly moving to the south, DE-CIX Lisbon, DE-CIX Barcelona, and DE-CIX Marseille act as an ideal gateway to enter Europe from the Americas, Africa, and Asia, to interconnect directly with local, regional, and global networks, and get closer to people and businesses.

About DE-CIX

DE-CIX (German Commercial Internet Exchange) is the world’s leading operator of Internet Exchanges. In total, in its 28 locations in Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Asia, DE-CIX interconnects over 2200 network operators (carriers), Internet service providers (ISPs), content providers, and enterprise networks from more than 100 countries, offering peering, cloud, and interconnection services. The combined connected customer capacity of all DE-CIX locations worldwide exceeds 70 Terabits, making it the largest neutral interconnection ecosystem in the world. DE-CIX in Frankfurt, Germany, with a data throughput of more than 10 Terabits per second (Tbps) and over 1000 connected networks, is the largest Internet Exchange in the world.

Further information at www.de-cix.net

About EllaLink

EllaLink is an advanced optical platform offering secure high capacity connectivity on a unique low latency transatlantic route serving the growing needs of the Latin American and European markets. The EllaLink network directly connects Brazil and Europe, linking the major hubs of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza with Lisbon, Madrid and Marseille. 

The EllaLink System has been built with state-of-the-art coherent technology initially offering 100Tbps of capacity over four direct fibre pairs between Europe and Brazil. The landing sites in Fortaleza (Brazil) and Sines (Portugal) have been secured and EllaLink is scheduled to be Ready for Service in May 2021. EllaLink is a privately funded and independent company committed to providing products and services on a Carrier Neutral and Open Access basis. MargueriteII, a pan-European equity fund active in the renewables, energy, transport and digital infrastructure sectors, is the main shareholder of EllaLink. For more information visit https://ella.link/

EllaLink Completes Marine Installation and Turns to Infinera for Network Lighting

Dublin, Ireland and San Jose, Calif. – March 11, 2021, 8 a.m. ET – EllaLink announced today that it has successfully completed the marine installation of the industry’s lowest-latency transatlantic cable system between Europe and Latin America. For the next stage of the project, EllaLink has selected Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) and its leading-edge ICE6 technology to light the network, providing a direct single hop transmission path between data centers in each continent.

Infinera’s state-of-the-art ICE6 800G coherent technology will enable EllaLink to offer advanced customer products and services, supporting over 100 Tbps between Portugal and Brazil. Furthermore, the network will support a 30-Tbps link from Portugal to Madeira, with an additional 40-Tbps path between Portugal and Morocco in the future.

Leveraging Infinera’s GX Series Compact Modular Platform, EllaLink will be able to provide its customers with the critical bandwidth needed to meet their growing data demands with industry- leading low-latency services in a single hop between endpoints. EllaLink also plans to use ICE6 to bolster the capacity on its long-haul terrestrial network between Sines, Lisbon, Madrid, and Marseille. Future network expansions will enable EllaLink to extend its submarine network to French Guiana, Mauritania, the Canary Islands, and Morocco, resulting in the most advanced submarine system connecting Africa, Europe, and Latin America.

EllaLink will also benefit from the unique innovations in Infinera’s ICE6 technology, such as long-codeword probabilistic constellation shaping (LC-PCS) and intelligent power management, which provide industry-leading performance. Infinera’s solution enables EllaLink to create products that benefit its customers by providing a wide range of accessible and flexible services, accelerating the adoption of the route between Europe and Latin America.

“I am proud to announce that we have successfully completed the 6,000 km submarine cable installation, providing EllaLink with the robust system it needs to support the network through its lifetime. Infinera’s ICE6 solution is an ideal fit for us, outperforming other available 800G equipment. Coupled with our differentiated fiber routes, Infinera and ICE6 will provide us the means to offer our customers advanced products and services from day one, in May 2021,” said Diego Matas, Chief Operations Officer at EllaLink.

“Deploying Infinera’s 800G solution on EllaLink’s new network will provide a superior networking experience to their customers when connecting between Europe and Latin America,” said Nick Walden, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales, Infinera. “Infinera’s open optical solution will enable EllaLink to offer new and differentiated services, helping to ensure their customers receive the highest level of service.”

Contacts:

Infinera Media:Anna Vue
Tel. +1 (916) 595-8157avue@infinera.comEllaLink Media:info@ella.link
page2image60844656Infinera Investors:Amitabh Passi
Head of Investor Relationsapassi@infinera.com page2image60462000

About EllaLink

EllaLink is an advanced optical platform offering secure high-capacity connectivity on a unique low latency transatlantic route serving the growing needs of the Latin American and European markets. The EllaLink network directly connects Brazil and Europe, linking the major hubs of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza with Lisbon, Madrid and Marseille.

The EllaLink System has been built with state-of-the-art coherent technology initially offering 100Tbps of capacity over four direct fibre pairs between Europe and Brazil. The landing sites in Fortaleza (Brazil) and Sines (Portugal) have been secured and EllaLink is scheduled to be Ready for Service in spring 2021. EllaLink is a privately funded and independent company committed to providing products and services on a Carrier Neutral and Open Access basis. Marguerite II, a pan-European equity fund active in the renewables, energy, transport and digital infrastructure sectors, is the main shareholder of EllaLink. For more information
visit ella.link

About Infinera

Infinera is a global supplier of innovative networking solutions that enable carriers, cloud operators, governments, and enterprises to scale network bandwidth, accelerate service innovation, and automate network operations. The Infinera end-to-end packet optical portfolio delivers industry-leading economics and performance in long-haul, submarine, data center interconnect, and metro transport applications. To learn more about Infinera visitwww.infinera.com, follow us on Twitter @Infinera, and read our latest blog posts atwww.infinera.com/blog.

Infinera and the Infinera logo are registered trademarks of Infinera Corporation.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including but not limited to the potential technical, operational, and financial benefits of Infinera’s ICE6 technology. These statements are not guarantees of results and should not be considered as an indication of future activity or future performance. Actual results may vary materially from these expectations as a result of various risks and uncertainties. Information about these risks and uncertainties, and other risks and uncertainties that affect Infinera’s business, is contained in the risk factors section and other sections of Infinera’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the Fiscal Year ended December 26, 2020 as filed with the SEC on March 3, 2021, as well as any subsequent reports filed with or furnished to the SEC. These reports are available on Infinera’s website at www.infinera.com and the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies and can be identified by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “should,” “will,” and “would” or similar words. Infinera assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements.

EllaLink’s transatlantic submarine cable has already anchored in Portugal

  • The state-of-the-art fiber optic cable that connects Portugal and Latin America has already arrived in Sines.
  • The system should be fully operational in the second quarter of 2021, making Portugal the new gateway to Europe to an unprecedented level of international connectivity.

Lisbon, January 6th 2021 – EllaLink announces today that its next generation low-latency submarine cable system has already anchored in Sines, from where the connection to Latin America will be established. It is expected to become fully operational in the second quarter of this year, providing an unprecedented level of international connectivity between the two continents, which will reach Europe through Portugal.

With this operation with an investment of 150 million euros, pointed out as one of the big bets for the Portuguese Presidency of the European Commission, EllaLink will open a “corridor” for the transmission of data between the two continents, providing new opportunities to the European market. In addition to the first direct high-speed submarine cable connection between Europe and Latin America, the EllaLink system also includes several land routes that link strategic Data Centers in Lisbon, Madrid, Marseille, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza in partnership with Equinix and Interxion.

Over the past few decades, the consumption of digital products has triggered the need for connectivity between countries and continents, from simple voice transmission to the real-time transmission of streaming videos, and all future applications that will be possible thanks to the implementation of 5G worldwide. These applications require less latency, that is, the lesser time that information takes to pass on the network, from users to Data Centers and platforms. Applications are so sensitive to latency values that these have become an essential factor for the digital world.

By creating the shortest direct route between Europe and Latin America, avoiding passage through third countries, EllaLink reduces latency by 50% compared to the current infrastructure, reaching a real value of less than 60ms between Portugal and Brazil.

The state-of-the-art technology used in the EllaLink system guarantees high quality access to telecommunications services and applications, through a direct, high-speed connection with very low latency. This will be beneficial not only for all telecommunications platforms, but also for services in the Cloud, access to content, all types of digital businesses and even the gaming industry.

During the first months of 2021, EllaLink will strengthen its network so that it can be operational by the end of the second quarter. Connections are planned to the island of Madeira and Cape Verde, but also to Marseille, which will allow for increased connectivity with Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Other potential points of connection with Mauritania, Morocco, French Guiana and the Canary Islands are already in view.

Philippe Dumont, CEO of EllaLink:It is with great pride that we witness today the arrival of the cable in Portuguese territory. Over the past two years we have been working very closely with different entities that made possible, and supported from the get-go, the arrival of the cable and the installation of EllaLink in Portugal. This cable connection strengthens the ties created and EllaLink will continue to contribute to international development, also boosting the location itself through the digital transformation of companies and organizations in Portugal.

Eurico Brilhante Dias, Portuguese Secretary of State for Internationalization

Eurico Brilhante Dias, Portuguese Secretary of State for Internationalization:The arrival of the submarine telecommunication cable EllaLink inaugurates a new economic era in this region. EllaLink not only brought us a very important submarine cable in the global context, but also the possibility of a broader partnership in which, together, we will continue to develop a data center hub and cable mooring stations here in Sines. Thanks to this joint effort and with the important support of other partners, such as Sines City Council, we’re now launching the Sines Tech – Innovation and Data Center Hub, which offers Sines excellent conditions to welcome the major international players in telecommunications and the digital economy.

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About EllaLink

EllaLink is an advanced optical platform offering secure high capacity connectivity on a unique low latency transatlantic route serving the growing needs of the Latin American and European markets. The EllaLink network directly connects Brazil and Europe, linking the major hubs of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza with Lisbon, Madrid and Marseille. 

The EllaLink System is being built with state-of-the-art coherent technology initially offering 72Tbps of capacity over four direct fibre pairs between Europe and Brazil. The landing sites in Fortaleza (Brazil) and Sines (Portugal) have been secured and EllaLink is scheduled to be Ready for Service in Q1 2021. EllaLink is a privately funded and independent company committed to providing products and services on a Carrier Neutral and Open Access basis. MargueriteII, a pan-European equity fund active in the renewables, energy, transport and digital infrastructure sectors, is the main shareholder of EllaLink. For more information visit ella.link

Press contacts EllaLinkinfo@ella.link

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EllaLink establishes open interconnection point in Madrid

Diverse submarine cable connecting Europe and Latin America extends system from Portuguese coast to Madrid.

Dublin, Ireland London, England – 20th October 2020– EllaLink announced today that one of its interconnection points will be located in Madrid, Spain at Interxion: A Digital Realty Company’s data centre campus.

As part of its PoP to PoP strategy, EllaLink will open a point of presence within Interxion’s Madrid data centre campus, which comprises of three facilities in very close proximity to one another, and is the most carrier and content dense location in the Iberian Peninsula. From Madrid, EllaLink’s customers will be directly connected to Brazil in one single optical hop across the Southern Atlantic. The EllaLink network, which is scheduled to go live in spring 2021, will create a diverse data centre to data centre route between Europe and Latin America. EllaLink is being built with state-of-the-art coherent technology, offering 72Tbps capacity over four direct fibre pairs.

EllaLink will have three PoPs hosted in data centre sites in the Iberian Peninsula, connected by its diverse backhaul ring between Lisbon, Madrid and Sines. Onward connectivity to Africa, the Middle East and Asia will be provided via Interxion’s campus in Marseille, enabling greater global access for the Latin American market.

Diego Mata, Chief Operating Officer of EllaLink commented: “Opening a new data corridor from Europe to Latin America will greatly improve transatlantic diversity, providing a direct route between the two continents. Ensuring our customers can connect easily on a neutral basis to our network is another key part of EllaLink’s strategy.  The cable system will be extended from Sines, via Lisbon, over our diverse long-haul network to create open access interconnection points in Madrid. By selecting Interxion Madrid as part of our network we are enabling connection with the 150+ networks and content providers present at their carrier-neutral campus.”

Mike Hollands, Senior Director Market Development at Interxion commented: “The EllaLink subsea cable system provides a new internet highway between Europe and Latin America. Our community of customers will greatly value the diversity it offers from existing routes, together with the faster, more direct connectivity that it will provide to and from Latin America.”

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About EllaLink

EllaLink is an advanced optical platform offering secure high capacity connectivity on a unique low latency transatlantic route serving the growing needs of the Latin American and European markets. The EllaLink network directly connects Brazil and Europe, linking the major hubs of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza with Lisbon, Madrid and Marseille. 

The EllaLink System is being built with state-of-the-art coherent technology initially offering 72Tbps of capacity over four direct fibre pairs between Europe and Brazil. The landing sites in Fortaleza (Brazil) and Sines (Portugal) have been secured and EllaLink is scheduled to be Ready for Service in Q1 2021. EllaLink is a privately funded and independent company committed to providing products and services on a Carrier Neutral and Open Access basis. MargueriteII, a pan-European equity fund active in the renewables, energy, transport and digital infrastructure sectors, is the main shareholder of EllaLink. For more information visit ella.link

Press contacts EllaLinkinfo@ella.link

EllaLink partners with Equinix for Data Centers in Lisbon, Madrid and São Paulo

 Lowest latency route created by directly connecting Points of Presence in Europe and Latin America 

Dublin, Ireland and Redwood City, California – 19th October 2020 – EllaLink announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a global interconnection and data center company. As part of its low latency PoP-to-PoP network strategy, EllaLink will open three interconnection and managed colocation PoPs in Equinix data centers in Madrid, Lisbon and São Paulo. The PoPs will be connected to the EllaLink landing site in Sines, and onwards, over two diverse terrestrial routes. An extremely low latency link will be established to connect to the Equinix data centers, avoiding the traditional subsea route via North America and significantly reducing round trip delay. 

EllaLink is a state-of-the-art optical platform offering secure high capacity connectivity on a unique and diverse transatlantic route, linking the major terrestrial and subsea hubs in Europe and Latin America. This new link between the European and Brazilian data centers of Equinix will increase connectivity between the two continents at a time of significant market growth in Latin America. Use of latency sensitive real-time applications such as live streaming and gaming is increasing and significant investments have been made by global tech giants generating major hubs in Brazil. EllaLink will be ready for service in spring 2021, creating the first-ever high capacity direct fiber path between the two continents. 

“Offering one hop connections between Latin America and Europe with a round trip delay of 60ms is a game changer from a transatlantic latency perspective. By offering carrier neutral connections from our PoP locations in Equinix’s data centers we are enabling our customers to directly access the rich ecosystems of networks, clouds, and financial and IT service providers that Equinix host.” said Diego Matas, Chief Operating Officer of EllaLink

Jim Poole, Vice President, Business Development at Equinix added “Given the increase in data between developing and developed markets, digital businesses demand access to high-capacity, low-latency networks. The availability of the EllaLink cable system in Equinix’s São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Lisbon and Madrid datacenters provides direct access between these markets to support the growing interconnection needs of global customers.” 

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About EllaLink 

EllaLink is an advanced optical platform offering secure high capacity connectivity on a unique low latency transatlantic route serving the growing needs of the Latin American and European markets. The EllaLink network directly connects Brazil and Europe, linking the major hubs of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza with Lisbon, Madrid and Marseille. 

The EllaLink System is being built with state-of-the-art coherent technology initially offering 72Tbps of capacity over four direct fibre pairs between Europe and Brazil. The landing sites in Fortaleza (Brazil) and Sines (Portugal) have been secured and EllaLink is scheduled to be Ready for Service in Q1 2021. EllaLink is a privately funded and independent company committed to providing products and services on a Carrier Neutral and Open Access basis. Marguerite II, a pan-European equity fund active in the renewables, energy, transport and digital infrastructure sectors, is the main shareholder of EllaLink. For more information visit ella.link 

Press contacts EllaLink: info@ella.link 

About Equinix 

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) connects the world’s leading businesses to their customers, employees and partners inside the most-interconnected data centers. On this global platform for digital business, companies come together across more than 50 markets on five continents to reach everywhere, interconnect everyone and integrate everything they need to create their digital futures. Equinix.com 

EllaLink & EMACOM launch the “EllaLink GeoLab” SMART submarine cable initiative

Dublin, Ireland and Funchal, Madeira, Portugal – 29 June 2020 Seismology, volcanology, marine ecology, and oceanic conditions are key to understanding the future of our planet. EllaLink is proud to contribute to such understanding by launching the EllaLink GeoLab Initiative which aims to provide the scientific community with real-time, accurate and relevant data on seabed conditions. This initiative will be the first dedicated facility of its kind as part of a telecoms submarine cable.

The EllaLink GeoLab infrastructure will be provided by EllaLink in cooperation with EMACOM. Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS) Technology will use a dedicated fibre in the Madeira Branch of the EllaLink System. It will collect data along the route which will be optically transmitted back to the shore, independently and without impacting either telecoms traffic or the design life of the cable, making EllaLink in to the first system to integrate SMART cable concepts.

The Research and Education (R&E) community in Europe will enjoy access to the data generated by the EllaLink GeoLab initiative. For this, EllaLink is collaborating with GÉANT and the Portuguese NREN, FCT, both members of the BELLA Consortium, who will use EllaLink cable to support R&E collaborations between Europe and Latin America.

Philippe Dumont, CEO of EllaLink said “In a time of continued environmental change, critical information about the planet can be ascertained from the seabed. Submarine telecoms cables are best placed to monitor seabed conditions at all time and make such data available to scientists on-land. We are proud to lead the way into a new era of submarine cable systems supporting such scientific progress.”

Pedro Bettencourt Calado, Vice President of Autonomous Region of Madeira added “Addition of DAS technology into the EllaLink branch to Madeira neutral operator EMACOM, is a move designed to pave the way for a greater understanding of the waters that surround our archipelago.  The importance of educational progress relating to earthquakes and oceanographic conditions cannot be underestimated. We look forward to hosting the EllaLink GeoLab facility in Funchal.”

João Cadete de Matos, Chairman of Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM) said of the news “ANACOM considered the addition of seismic and environmental detection features in the future submarine cables Ring connecting the Mainland, Azores and Madeira greatly beneficial for Portugal and it had the opportunity to propose such development to the industry. Therefore, ANACOM welcomes this important innovation and recommends its adoption by other future submarine cable systems developed on the Portuguese Continental Platform.”

Erik Huizer, CEO of GÉANT commented “GÉANT provides users with highly reliable, unconstrained access to computing, analysis, storage, applications and other resources, to ensure that Europe remains at the forefront of research.  EllaLink will provide direct connectivity between the research and education communities of Europe and Latin America, thanks to the work of the BELLA Consortium of which GÉANT is a member. GÉANT therefore welcomes the development of a dark fibre research infrastructure that can support DAS and other technologies, without disturbing telecommunications traffic, as a further engagement from EllaLink for the R&E community.

Nuno Rodrigues, FCT Board Member said “Science has shown time and again its fundamental role in the creation of knowledge beacons pointing the way to sound and sustained human and technological development. Today, this mission depends ever more on sophisticated scientific infrastructures to understand the complex processes that govern our world, upon which the discovery of new and relevant knowledge lies. EllaLink GeoLab is far more than just a sophisticated scientific infrastructure, it is a scientific challenge in many fields of knowledge that FCT is committed to support and engage with the national and international scientific community to pursue such goal.

About EllaLink

EllaLink is an advanced optical platform offering secure high capacity connectivity on a unique low latency transatlantic route serving the growing needs of the Latin American and European markets. The EllaLink network directly connects Brazil and Europe, linking the major hubs of São Paulo and Fortaleza with Lisbon, Madrid, and Marseille. 

The EllaLink System is being built with state-of-the-art coherent technology initially offering 72Tbps of capacity over four direct fiber pairs between Europe and Brazil. The landing sites in Fortaleza (Brazil) and Sines (Portugal) have been secured, the marine survey is complete, and the cable manufacture is almost finalized. EllaLink is scheduled to be Ready for Service in Q1 2021. EllaLink is a privately funded and independent company committed to providing products and services on a Carrier Neutral and Open Access basis. For more information visit ella.link

Press contacts EllaLinkinfo@ella.link

About EMACOM

The company EMACOM – Telecomunicações da Madeira, Unipessoal, Lda., incorporated in August 1998 is100% owned by the Autonomous Region of Madeira. It´s main objective is to provide fiber optic services as a neutral operator in the Autonomous Region of Madeira – Portugal, and to promote with international connectivity, the development of IT business opportunities in this region. For more information visit http://www.eem.pt

About GÉANT

GÉANT is Europe’s leading collaboration on network and related infrastructure and services for the benefit of research and education, contributing to Europe’s economic growth and competitiveness. The organisation develops, delivers and promotes advanced network and associated e-infrastructure services, and supports innovation and knowledge-sharing amongst its members, partners and the wider research and education networking community. For more information, visit www.geant.org

About ANACOM

Autoridade Nacional de Comunicações (ANACOM) is the national regulatory authority (NRA) for communications for the purposes of the law of the European Union (EU) and national legislation.

About FCT

FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia is the Portuguese national funding agency for science, research and technology. FCT also manages the Portuguese NREN through its FCCN branch. FCCN’s main objective is the planning and managing of the RCTS – Rede Ciência, Tecnologia e Sociedade (Science, Technology, and Society Network), which is an academic network consisting of a digital research infrastructure, covering all areas of knowledge and the entire national territory. Its services are provided by means of a high-performance network for education and research institutions, thus ensuring communication requirements and advanced digital services for the various user communities from these entities.
RCTS is also a test platform for applications and advanced communication services.

About BELLA

BELLA (Building the Europe Link with Latin America) provides for the long-term interconnectivity needs of the European and Latin American research and education communities by procuring and deploying a long-term Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) for spectrum on a direct submarine cable between the two regions, and deploying a 100Gbps-capable research and education network across Latin America. BELLA is implemented by a Consortium of the Regional Research and Education Networks GÉANT (Europe) and RedCLARA (Latin America) and the National Research and Education Networks of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Por tugal and Spain. BELLA receives funding from the European Union through the Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement number 731505 -DG CNECT- (BELLA-S1), from DG DEVCO under grant agreement LA/2016/376-534 (BELLA-T), and from DG GROW. BELLA receives funding in cash and kinds, from CEDIA (Ecuador), REUNA (Chile), RENATA (Colombia) and RNP (Brazil). Together, they contribute 30% of the access cost to the EllaLink transatlantic cable, as well as making significant contributions to upgrading the RedClara regional network in South America.

In the specific case of the EllaLink cable, the Latin American contribution comes from RNP, the Brazilian NREN, which is  supported by a long-term programme launched by the government of Brazil.

For more information visit http://www.bella-programme.eu, and follow us on Twitter: @BELLA_Programme.

EllaLink was shortlisted as the Best Subsea Cable Operator of the Year for CC-Global Awards 2020

EllaLink was Shortlisted for CC Awards 2020

EllaLink is revolutionizing the connection between Europe and South America by making a new direct route between the two continents. The EllaLink express optical platform has been built with state-of-the-art coherent technology offering 72Tbps of capacity and it brings to the telecom market numerous of unique features, each of them with the potential of becoming real game-changers: 

  • EllaLink offers a revolutionary 50% latency reduction on direct City to City connections between the two continents with less than 60ms between Portugal and Brazil.  
  • EllaLink is the only subsea cable operator that provides a unique and direct route connecting Europe and Latin America, creating for the first time the possibility of moving massive traffic between the two continents without transiting North America, guaranteeing data privacy. 
  • EllaLink has established direct connectivity between Asia and Latin America thanks to the choice of providing secure and diverse routes to Marseille connecting with Sao Paulo in less than 120ms. 
  • In addition to its main destination, the system includes numerous branching units and dedicated branches to serve Morocco, Madeira, the Canary Islands, Mauritania, Cabo Verde and French Guyana. 
  • EllaLink has created a new cable landing station in Sines, Portugal, an ideal site for data centre expansion to avoid other congested areas. 
  • EllaLink is completely open and carrier neutral. 

What is Unique About EllaLink  

  1. The fastest path towards Latin America from Europe and Asia 

Latency is the driver of the digital world and we are improving the ride for a combined market of over 1.2 billion people. With EllaLink, Portugal will be at less than 60ms from Brazil, and Marseille at less than 120ms from São Paulo. 

Via our direct route, and with the use of state-of-the-art technology, EllaLink will facilitate the reduction in Round Trip Delay between the European continent and Latin America which will have a big impact on the global IP market and on the enterprise IT delivery model. The EllaLink system also removes the need for European users to reach Latin America via North America, and in doing so creates improved predictability of performance because only one cable system is traversed to reach the end point instead of two (or sometimes more).  Software platforms are very sensitive to transmission delays and this limitation has forced providers to deploy their applications in data centres close to their end users. The dramatic decrease in latency provided by the EllaLink route (by the order of magnitude of 50%) offers an entirely new way for the corporate world to define the architecture of their application layer for companies present in either Europe or Latin America, which in turn creates a change in paradigm for data centre infrastructure used for app deployment.  

  • Bridging the digital divide securely and neutrally 

The telecoms market will of course benefit from the presence of an alternative transatlantic route, increased connectivity always offers improvement to networks.  We also hope to bridge the digital divide and promote the growth of telecoms infrastructure in smaller countries such as Mauritania and the islands of Cabo Verde, Madeira and the French Guyana, which have less demand, and smaller budgets and thus obtaining a dedicated fibre-optic system is a challenge.  To that extent, the EIB (European Investment Bank) has been very concerned, proactive and supportive towards our project helping our customer (Cabo Verde Telecom) with the financing of their participation in EllaLink. The EllaLink system will not only benefit the telecoms market, but also the scientific and education communities in Europe and Latin America through the academic networks of GEANT and RedCLARA.   

  • Supporting the global economy transformation 

On 28th June 2019, The European Union and the South American trade bloc MERCOSUR, composed of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, reached the largest trade agreement the EU has ever concluded. The two regions will consolidate a strategic political and economic partnership as 20% of MERCOSUR’s trade is with the EU making it one of the region’s most important trading partners. This win-win deal will enhance employment opportunities on both sides, increasing imports and investments as well as strengthening political relations between the EU and all Latin American countries.  

China is another powerful trading partner with Latin America. The EU and China represent 44% of total trade whereas the USA only makes up 14%, thus this free trade agreement aims to reinforce the EU’s role in the global market. This also shows that the EU and Latin America do not require US intervention to create trade deals and work together effectively.  

Our end to end network has been designed to maximize our onward connectivity and the choice to provide secure and diverse routes to Marseille, for example, will enable onward routes to Asia and the rest of the world. The EllaLink route perfectly fits in with the recent increase in trading relations between Brazil, the most economically dynamic country of LATAM, and the EU, and also with China and the whole Asian continent. The latest data shows that, since 2005 the USA is no longer the main trading partner of Brazil but has been overtaken by China and the EU. In 2017, Brazilian exports’ main destination was China (22%), then the EU (20%), and finally the USA (11%). The Asiatic hegemony on the global trade and on LATAM will certainly continue to grow. Indeed, especially with new routes like the EllaLink one, Asian countries will be able to connect their cables to our data centres, for instance in Marseille, and thus, more easily reach Latin America. 

The data traffic is 1000 times higher between Latin America and the US compared to the existing solutions because of the twentieth century economic situation.  This free-trade agreement will undoubtedly reinforce connections and data traffic between these two continents justifying the EllaLink cable, which creates a southern data corridor linking Europe and Asia to Brazil while bypassing the USA.  

  • SinesTech – Creating a new landing in the South of Europe  

EllaLink has teamed with Global Parques to launch ‘Sines Tech Hub’, a next generation Innovation and Data Centre hub in Portugal. It is strategically positioned for the joint development of subsea cable systems and data centre infrastructures, both of which are at the core of today’s Internet. This Innovation & Data Centre Hub combines, in one location, “open access” to cost-effective land, high power density networks (including access to nearby solar panels parks), high availability backhaul routes to Madrid and Lisbon, as well as a robust and secure subsea cable landing site.  

By selecting alternative landing sites, such as Sines, EllaLink is helping to address the issue of diversity; with new landing sites come new cable stations and alternative terrestrial routes. Significant investment into our new landing site in Sines also includes horizontal directional drilling and a new fronthaul route.  The budget allows for several million euros of investment for Sines alone, a worthwhile price for diversity. 

Connecting the Unconnected

EllaLink has been shortlisted for CC – Global Awards 2020 in the category ‘Connecting the Unconnected’ and here is why.

EllaLink has created for the first time the possibility of moving massive traffic between Europe and Latin America, directly connecting a previously unconnected community of 1.2 billion people, without transiting North America, thereby reducing the latency and improving the predictability of performance. 

3 aspects of how EllaLink connects the unconnected:

  • EllaLink directly links Europe and Latin America with the fastest and most secure route giving true POP to POP optical connectivity: these two continents are not currently benefitting from any massive direct connectivity solution. 
  • EllaLink has created unique partnerships to connect places with limited connectivity such as Madeira, Cabo Verde, Mauritania, Morocco, the Canary Islands and French Guyana providing them with a direct path to continental Europe. 
  • The EllaLink extension to Marseille creates a unique corridor to connect Asia with Latin America as a mirror of the global economy transformation. 

Connecting Latin America to Europe: it’s all about latency 

Latency is the driver of the digital world and EllaLink provides  fast, direct access between Points of Presence (PoP)  in Europe and Latin America via a shorter, new and unique path. The system has been specifically designed to offer reduced latency between major hubs in São Paulo, Lisbon/Sines, Madrid, and Marseille. Amazing improvements in Round Trip Delay (RTD), of up to 50%,  are possible between Madrid and São Paulo.  

Via our direct route, and with the use of state-of-the-art technology, EllaLink will facilitate a reduction in RTD between the European continent and Latin America which will have a big impact on the global IP market and on the enterprise IT delivery model. The EllaLink system also removes the need for European users to reach Latin America via North American, and in doing so creates improved predictability of performance because only one cable system is traversed to reach the end point instead of two (and sometimes more). Software platforms are very sensitive to transmission delays and this limitation has forced providers to deploy their applications in data centres close to their end users. The dramatic decrease in latency provided by the EllaLink route by the order of magnitude of 50% offers an entirely new way for the corporate world to define the architecture of their application layer for companies present either in Europe or Latin America, which in turn creates a change in paradigm for data centre infrastructure used for app deployment. 

Bridging the digital divide securely and neutrally 

EllaLink provides bespoke partnerships to bridge the digital divide and promote the growth of telecoms infrastructure in smaller countries such as Mauritania, the archipelago of Cabo Verde, Madeira, Morocco, the Canary Islands and French Guyana – home of the European Space Launching Centre – which have less demand and smaller budgets and thus obtaining a dedicated fibre optic system is a challenge. To that extent, the EIB (European Investment Bank) has been very concerned, proactive and supportive towards our project helping our customer Cabo Verde Telecom (CVT) with the financing of their participation in EllaLink.  

The EllaLink system will not only benefit the telecoms market, but also the scientific and education communities in Europe and Latin America through their respective academic networks. The BELLA program (GEANT + RedCLARA, see http://www.bella-programme.eu/index.php/en/) will benefit from a significant amount of optical spectrum. It will now allow connecting both sides of the Atlantic working with advanced scientific programs such as the Very Large Telescope in Chile, the Copernicus project (earth monitoring) and the Lago Observatory that were previously working almost in standalone mode. This new connection will allow an enhanced collaboration between the research group favouriting knowledge exchange, efficiency and new cases of usages. 

EllaLink is a privately funded company committed to providing products and services on a carrier neutral,  open access and independent basis. Our neutrality ensures that our interests are entirely aligned with that of our customers, anchor tenants and partners. Customer choice is our modus operandi. 

Furthermore, by selecting alternative landing sites, such as Sines, EllaLink is helping to address the issue of diversity; with new landing sites come new cable stations and alternative terrestrial routes. Significant investment into our new landing site in Sines also includes horizontal directional drilling and a new front haul route.  The budget allows for several million euros of investment for Sines alone, a worthwhile price for diversity.  

RENTELECOM and EllaLink close agreement for dark fibers to foster Data Center connectivity between Europe and Latin America

Dublin, Ireland and Lisbon, Portugal – 16 January 2020 – The EllaLink Group has closed an agreement with RENTELECOM, a Portuguese public telecommunications network operator, to use dark fibers in Portugal and Spain for data center interconnection. RENTELECOM offers the largest neutral backbone in Portugal with more than 8,100km of fiber optic cables within their electricity and gas transport domains. EllaLink will integrate RENTELECOM’s fibers in its optical platform to enhance its services from Sines to Madrid and Lisbon. The protected fiber ring will connect all the major data centers of both capital cities allowing EllaLink to serve PoPs with low latency capacity, open spectrum and managed spectrum services directly towards Fortaleza, São Paulo and Rio in Brazil.

In Sines, fibers will be used to connect the Sines Tech– Innovation & Data Center Hub, which is strategically positioned for the joint development of subsea cable systems and data center infrastructure, both at the core of today’s Internet.

Rui Franco, Director of RENTELECOM, said “Our aim is to continuously invest in our networks in order to address Portugal’s optical fiber needs. We already offer the largest and most stable neutral optical fiber backbone, with seven cross-border interconnections with Spain, interconnecting all telecom operators and the biggest Datacenters in Portugal.”

Diego Matas, Chief Operating Officer of EllaLink, added “This agreement with RENTELECOM  further reinforces our presence in Portugal and Spain, breaking ground for a long-term collaboration. The high availability of RENTELECOM’s fibers over the shortest route to Madrid marks a significant step in the expansion of the EllaLink terrestrial network to meet increasing bandwidth demands.”

About RENTELECOM

RENTELECOM is the telecoms and IT provider of the REN group offering dark fiber, data center, and connectivity services.

REN (“Redes Energéticas Nacionais”) is the utility in Portugal operating the electricity and gas transport networks – its significant ICT infrastructures covering Portugal and reaching the Spanish border, are critical to the energy business. 

To learn more visit www.rentelecom.pt . 

Press contacts RENTELECOM, REN: 

About EllaLink

EllaLink is an advanced optical platform offering secure high capacity connectivity on a unique low latency transatlantic route serving the growing needs of the Latin American and European markets. The EllaLink network directly connects Brazil and Europe, linking the major hubs of São Paulo and Fortaleza with Lisbon, Madrid, and Marseille. 

The EllaLink System is being built with state-of-the-art coherent technology initially offering 72Tbps of capacity over four direct fiber pairs between Europe and Brazil. The landing sites in Fortaleza (Brazil) and Sines (Portugal) have been secured, the marine survey is completed and the cable manufacture has started. EllaLink is scheduled to be Ready for Service in 2020. EllaLink is a privately funded and independent company committed to providing products and services on a Carrier Neutral and Open Access basis. 

Press contacts EllaLinkinfo@ella.link

Vincent Gatineau and Diego Matas talk all things EllaLink with Capacity magazine

Following a number of announcements this month, Capacity spoke to Vincent Gatineau, chief marketing & sales officer, and Diego Matas, COO of Ellalink, about the company’s plans for next few months and their perspective of the subsea cable industry as a whole.

At the start of July, EllaLink announced that it had signed an agreement with the Government of Mauritania to create a branch unit connecting the cable there. Speaking to Gatineau (pictured above) about the news, he says that it will generate not only new digital opportunities for the country but is also testament to the open and neutral nature of the system.

“Mauritania has only one cable today, which is the ACE cable. As you may know, for any kind of country or island, having just one cable is not enough,” he says. “I would say that being neutral and open, give them much less stress than getting in with a consortium or with some really heavyweight players that have other interests. For us, we just treat them as a customer like the others.”

As a privately funded cable, EllaLink is a system that aims to provide its products and services in a carrier neutral, open access and independent way.

“This is open, not only in the way of we are managing our system but also in the direction we are heading,” added Gatineau. “We are going to be putting a cable station in Sines, which is in south Lisbon. It’s 130/150km. In the new location for submarine cables, we’re going to build a really strong and solid and protective landing with big [raw] pipes, big HDDs. In short, we want to build a fresh, new landing place that has the right power facilities and fibre connectivity.”

Adding to the company’s slew of announcements, in June of this year, the team also welcomed the addition of Former Sparkle CEO Alessandra Talotta and Alberto Horcajo, former CEO of Telxius, to its board.

“These two people are big leaders in the market,” says Gatineau. “It’s always good to have some independent advisors with a high level of expertise in the market.”

“It’s a really good mix of having some independent people, but also, getting people with such vast experience to join the project, shows that they are also interested in working in this project,” chimed in Matas. “So they bring wealth, like a deep knowledge of the industry, but at the same time, it’s a sign of support as well that they have decided to come with us.”

For the project, EllaLink chose Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), leveraging its vast experience of similar projects in the Latin America region. In May, the two had completed the cable route study and started its marine survey.

According to Gatineau, this experience coupled with an ‘interesting price offer’ is what sent ASN to the top of the list.

“There was a request for quotation (RFQ), as usual. Technically, I would say they are one of the best currently with wet plans. They had huge experience in Brazil, especially in permitting,” he explained.

“I’m really happy to work with them,” adds Matas (pictured below). “But it’s true that a very competitive tender was carried out. They had good offers. But it’s also true that ASN has experience; this is clear. We are very happy with how things are looking.”

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As is increasingly becoming the case, EllaLink as a project is subsea system with a bit of terrestrial cable as well. For example, its cable landing station in Sines connects points of presence (PoPs) in Lisbon, Marseille and Madrid via a terrestrial ring. And there are a number of reasons to build in this way, as Gatineau explains.

“One of the main reasons is as well to be able to connect directly PoP to PoP, avoiding many transmission regenerations.”

However, this is sign of a bigger industry-wide change, according to Matas. “There’s a fundamental shift, in the past, submarine projects ended on the beach,” he explains. “We are about connectivity. We are delivering PoP to PoP. Therefore, the cable doesn’t end on the beach for us anymore. Even the vendors are integrating submarine and terrestrial equipment. You tend to have like a seamless transmission infrastructure.”

Speaking on whether or not cable projects can still go ahead without the involvement of OTTs, either as owners or as tenants – Gatineau says that it is for this reason that EllaLink has decided to open as openly and neutrally as it has.

“I think non-neutrality is artificial. So naturally, it’s open. I think it’s important that this kind of cable exists to give an alternative to some people that don’t want to work with OTTs.”

The subsea space now continues to experience an increase in activity as growing investment into the market accelerates. Thanks in part to the growing education of how the internet actually works.

“I think in general, submarine is more active than ever,” says Gatineau. “Before people thought that the internet was happening somewhere else. Now everyone is realising that 98.99% happens there.”

“It’s the Snowden effect,” adds Matas. “If you look for information on the web from the providers or from the cable owners about how they are building their cable, no one is explaining how it is done. We are trying to do something different. We just launched a blog today and we will try little by little to explain exactly what we are doing.”

Aside from the nod to Edward Snowden the advent of technologies as 5G, AI, the internet of things (IoT) and of course the big amounts of data driven by them, is also playing its part in activity in the sector.

“In the end, it’s the demand that is driving this investment up, and then you’re going to have these technologies on top,” Gatineau says. “So there is a differing approach of how the technology is used to build the capacity to the systems.”

With a ready for service (RFS) date for the end of 2020 – the project is progressing nicely and is on-track to meet its deadline. The only challenge is ensuring permitting goes smoothly.

“With any cable, what is risky is to get the cable landing station ready in the proper location and to get the permits from the agencies from different countries and to have it on time,” says Gatineau.

So far, the company has already secured most of what it needs permit-wise. ASN is taking the lead in Brazil. “Portugal’s is quite straightforward, even for the station builds,” says Gatineau.

“We have more or less just finished the marine survey and we’re going to start the manufacturing of the cable after the summer,” says Matas. “So everything is definitely on track, for the moment.