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 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.

The beauty of the Mid Atlantic Ridge

In the past, transatlantic submarine cable systems have often taken a route across the North Atlantic from Europe to Canada, New Jersey, New York and more recently Virginia Beach.  The primary focus of the EllaLink system is to offer a new low latency path for those wishing to reach Latin America directly from Europe, and vice versa. The most direct route between Europe and Brazil crosses a particularly challenging area of the seabed, around 1,100 km off the North East coast of Brazil, called the Mid Atlantic Ridge.  The Mid Atlantic Ridge is a vast undersea mountain range running down the center of the Atlantic Ocean, from the Arctic in the North to the southern tip of Africa in the South. Due to the movement of the tectonic plates, the ocean floor is slowly spreading apart at a rate of 2 to 5cm a year. The ridge has a deep rift valley along its crest between 1,000m and 3,000m deep, which for perspective, is similar in size to the Grand Canyon.

The Mid Atlantic ridge is roughly equidistant from the continents of Europe, Africa and the Americas. Its peaks range between 2,000m and 4,000m above the ocean floor, it sits in water depths in excess of 5,000m. Some of the peaks of this huge underwater mountain range protrude from the ocean surface to form islands such as the Azores In the North Atlantic and St. Helena in the South Atlantic. With a length of around 18,000 km, hidden under the turbulent waters of the mighty Atlantic oceans, the Mid Atlantic Ridge can be considered to be one of the largest and longest continuous mountain ranges on the planet.

Anyone who has ever been involved with subsea activities such as designing, building and installing submarine cable systems knows that the ocean offers a variety of different challenges, from those we can anticipate, to those we cannot. With challenges such as seismic activity, harsh seabed environments, bad weather, piracy, the subsea industry has seen it all. That is why we rely heavily on the skill, technology and experience of specialist subsea cable manufacturers like ASN, and professional hydrographic survey companies such as Elettra, to assist us by first accurately mapping the ocean floor and then by designing and installing a robust, resilient, and reliable submarine cable system.

Knowing that our system takes a unique path, the EllaLink team, together with ASN and Elettra, have taken great care to design the system by planning a route that will not only enable ease of installation and maintenance but also reduce the risk of external aggression.

The steep seabed slopes and extreme depths coupled with potential seismic activity and an ever-expanding seafloor present a unique set of challenges for marine operations.  As part of the route development process our team of marine specialists have assessed the seismic activity over the last 25 years in detail. Interestingly, as part of the pre-survey study analysis has been conducted using the IRIS database [http://ds.iris.edu/ieb/index.html] which demonstrates that the specific route selected for EllaLink to cross the Mid Atlantic Ridge shows less risk of seismic activity than the popular traditional routes across the North Atlantic.

With this data to comfort us, the EllaLink Marine Working Group completed the route design and prepared the survey Route Position List. The hydrographic research vessel, the RV OGS Explora, commenced survey activities for EllaLink at the end of April and by mid-May she had reached the Mid Atlantic Ridge. With the use of a Reson Seabat 7150 Full ocean depth Multibeam Echosounder (MBES), capable of collecting a swath of data up to 10km wide, the survey of this massive underwater geological feature commenced.

The amazing images gathered from this survey footage show us the immense scale and ruggedness of the Mid Atlantic Ridge and gives us an impressive perspective of the engineering challenges that lie ahead.  Our unique system design has many great advantages in terms of diversity, latency and security, but the survey has shown us that the EllaLink route is also truly beautiful.

 

Government of Mauritania and EllaLink sign agreement to deliver connectivity on the EllaLink Submarine Cable System

Dublin, Ireland and Nouakchott, Mauritania – July 8, 2019 – The Government of Mauritania and EllaLink are pleased to announce the signature of an agreement to strengthen connectivity to Mauritania via the EllaLink submarine cable system.   A dedicated branching unit will be added to the EllaLink system, due to be operational in 2020, enabling Mauritania to enhance local and international broadband access, as well as offering diversity and resilience to the existing telecommunications infrastructure.

The Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research, Information and Communication Technologies, Dr Sidi Ould Salem, declared “This agreement confirms our commitment to address the connectivity challenges that Mauritania faces. Internet connectivity is crucial to ensure the Mauritanians have effective and reliable communications services, and to progress the digital transformation of the region.”

“We are delighted that the Government of Mauritania has chosen EllaLink to further develop its communications infrastructure. As we continue to progress towards system installation this agreement further demonstrates the growing momentum of EllaLink,” said Philippe Dumont, CEO of the EllaLink Group.

Mauritania EllaLink Signing Ceremony

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About EllaLink

EllaLink is an advanced subsea cable system 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 fiber pairs. The landing sites in Fortaleza (Brazil) and Sines (Portugal) have been secured and 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. To learn more visit ella.link

Press contacts

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EllaLink: 72Tbps cable system on track to be RFS in 2020

EllaLink Group CEO Philippe Dumont talks to Capacity: Business Intelligence for the Global Carrier Industry magazine with a two-page spread on EllaLinks 72Tbps cable system.

I start our meeting by asking Dumont where he’s based. He jokingly responds: “I’m based on the plane.” This is simply because of the extensive travelling he undertakes to visit key locations along the 9,300km cable system, the company’s headquarters in Ireland, and to be with his family in France. It’s been a very busy year-and-a-half for the former Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) president and CEO. He first joined the project in January 2018 initially as a consultant, to support the preliminary due diligence that was being completed by the Marguerite Infrastructure fund.

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About EllaLink

EllaLink is an advanced subsea cable system 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 fiber pairs. The landing sites in Fortaleza (Brazil) and Sines (Portugal) have been secured and 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. To learn more visit ella.link

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