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.

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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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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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Alberto Horcajo & Alessandro Talotta join EllaLink Board

Dublin, Ireland – June 19, 2019 – EllaLink announced today that its main shareholder, the alternative investment fund manager Marguerite, has appointed Alberto Horcajo and Alessandro Talotta to the Board of Directors of EllaLink. Both Alberto and Alessandro have over 20 years’ experience in leading telecommunications companies with relevant expertise in subsea cable systems. Their appointment will be effective from July 1st, 2019.

Alberto Horcajo has held several executive positions successfully implementing major subsea projects at Telxius Telecom, as well as transformation projects in the supply chain domain. Alberto is currently leader at RED COLMENA, experts in developing shared mobile networks in Europe and South America.

Alessandro Talotta has held several executive positions both on the supplier and operator side, developing significant experience in driving service go-to-market strategies in the mobile industry, along with leading the expansion of Telecom Italia Sparkle’s wholesale expansions in the submarine market. Alessandro is currently an advisor for international financial funds.

“We are delighted to welcome Alessandro and Alberto as new Independent Directors to the EllaLink Board. Their skills will greatly complement the current Board’s expertise through the on-going construction phase of the project”, commented Michael Dedieu, Chairman of the Board and Managing Partner at Marguerite.

“It is a real privilege for the EllaLink Management Team to welcome Alberto and Alessandro. We are looking forward to the value their knowledge brings and their industry insight which will be a great benefit to the EllaLink cable system, its customers and its shareholders”, said Philippe Dumont, CEO of the EllaLink Group.

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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EllaLink Announces Commencement of Marine Route Survey Activities

Dublin, Ireland – May 6, 2019 – the EllaLink Group announced today that Alcatel Submarine Networks has finalized the Cable Route Study and mobilized the marine survey vessel for the EllaLink submarine cable system. The survey will be performed over the coming months and permit acquisition continues in line with EllaLink’s plans to be Ready for Service by the end of 2020.

EllaLink is a state-of-the-art 4 fiber pair submarine cable system designed to satisfy the growing demand for traffic between Europe and Latin America. The low latency EllaLink route avoids the congestion of the North Atlantic by offering the first ever direct fiber pair between the two continents.

“We are delighted to have appointed Alcatel Submarine Networks to undertake the marine survey and permitting work for the EllaLink cable system. The survey will collect vital data for the project, helping us determine the most effective route between Sines and Fortaleza, from a reliability, environmental and economic point of view. The launch of the permitting and survey work is also a significant step towards meeting our plans for lighting the system by close 2020,” commented Philippe Dumont, CEO of the EllaLink Group.

Following completion of the survey work, Alcatel Submarine Networks will commence manufacturing activities ahead of marine operations next year. The EllaLink system is designed to offer 72Tbps of capacity using leading edge coherent technology.

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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About Alcatel Submarine Networks

Alcatel Submarine Networks, part of Nokia, leads the industry in terms of transmission capacity and installed base with more than 600,000 km of optical submarine systems deployed worldwide, enough to circumnavigate the globe 15 times. From traditional Telecom applications to Content and “Over The Top” Service Provider infrastructures, as well as to offshore Oil and Gas applications, ASN provides all elements of a turnkey global undersea transmission systems, tailored to individual customer’s needs. An extensive Service portfolio completes its comprehensive offering for the submarine business, including project management, installation and commissioning, along with marine and maintenance operations performed by ASN’s fully owned fleet of cable ships.

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EllaLink and EMACOM partner to bring next generation connectivity to Madeira

Dublin, Ireland and Funchal, Madeira – April 2, 2019 – Telecomunicações da Madeira, Unipessoal, Lda., EMACOM, and the EllaLink Group announced today that their partnership on the EllaLink system has extended further in order to meet the growing capacity demands of the islands of Madeira.

EMACOM currently own a dedicated fiber pair on the EllaLink system which is designed to carry over 24Tbps of traffic. New plans under discussion propose to increase the number of direct fiber pairs between Funchal and mainland Portugal in order to provide EMACOM with additional capacity in excess of 70Tbps. Currently under construction, EllaLink will provide the islands of Madeira with fiber diversity, increased data capacity and direct connectivity to Lisbon via a new state-of-the-art coherent submarine system. EMACOM’s provisions on EllaLink are guaranteed to meet the long-term demand of this key autonomous region of the republic of Portugal.

Rui Faria Rebelo CEO of EMACOM, explained “We are pleased to deepen our relationship with EllaLink in order to strengthen our regional infrastructure, to encourage telecoms growth and to support the current plans to improve the infrastructure connecting mainland Portugal with the Autonomous regions of Madeira and Açores. Expansion of our network provides our customers with choice, reliability and economic value, as well as delivering the large data capacity that Portugal will need in order to meet its connectivity demands for the next 25 years.”

“It gives me great pleasure to offer EMACOM an increased share in the EllaLink cable system. Additional fiber pairs at a very competitive price will position Madeira as an ideal regional hub, offering direct connections to Portugal and onwards to Spain, Cabo Verde and Brazil. We look forward to working together for many years to come,” added Philippe Dumont, CEO of the EllaLink Group.

Being built by Alcatel Submarine Networks, EllaLink is a leading edge 4 fiber pair submarine cable system scheduled for operation in 2020. Designed to satisfy the growing demand for traffic between Europe and Latin America, the low latency EllaLink route avoids the congestion of the North Atlantic by offering the first ever direct fiber pair between the two continents.

About EMACOM

The company EMACOM – Telecomunicações da Madeira, Unipessoal, Lda., incorporated in August 1998, is wholly owned by the Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira, SA. EMACOM’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 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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EllaLink and Alcatel Submarine Networks start construction of submarine cable system between Latin America and Europe

Scheduled for operations in 2020, the 9200 km EllaLink system will provide express subsea connectivity offering a direct fiber pair between the two continents.

Dublin, Ireland and Paris, France – 8th January 2019 – EllaLink Ireland Ltd and Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) announced today that they have started construction of the EllaLink Submarine Cable System. Scheduled for operation in 2020, the EllaLink System is a state-of-the-art 4 fiber pair submarine system designed to satisfy the demand for traffic between Europe and Latin America.  Linking Data Centers in Madrid, Lisbon, Marseille, Fortaleza and São Paulo, EllaLink will provide express subsea connectivity, and offer the first ever direct fiber pair between the two continents.

“It gives me great pleasure to announce this significant milestone for EllaLink.  Since the initial idea in 2010, interest in the route has grown significantly. Together with our financial sponsor Marguerite II and key anchor tenants the EllaLink team has worked alongside ASN to design a high capacity system on the most optimum marine route. Many people have contributed towards making this system real, my sincere thanks go to each of them,” noted Alfonso Gajate Chairman of the EllaLink Board. Adding, “As implementation activities commence EllaLink will continue to focus on its primary objective of providing leading products and services on a Carrier Neutral and Open Access basis.”

Philippe Piron, President and CEO of Alcatel Submarine Networks said:  “The start of the construction of the EllaLink system is a significant achievement in the expansion of the submarine infrastructure between Latin America and Europe.  Once deployed, it will contribute to enhance trans-continental connectivity, for the benefit of the global consumer and business communities between the two continents.”

Laurent Chatelin, Managing Director of Marguerite stated, “The EllaLink System is a very good fit for Marguerite’s ICT infrastructure investment strategy which focuses on developing Carrier Neutral and Open Access infrastructure operators. EllaLink represents an important first step into the subsea cable market for Marguerite. Working with the EllaLink team during the development phase to reach Contract In Force is a great achievement and we are looking forward to supporting EllaLink over the next phase of its development and the build of the system.”

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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 Praia Grande (Brazil), 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 or contact info@ella.link

About Alcatel Submarine Networks

Alcatel Submarine Networks, part of Nokia, leads the industry in terms of transmission capacity and installed base with more than 600,000 km of optical submarine systems deployed worldwide, enough to circumnavigate the globe 15 times. From traditional telecom applications to infrastructure for content and “Over The Top” service providers, as well as solutions for offshore oil and gas applications, ASN provides all elements of turnkey global undersea transmission systems, tailored to individual customer’s needs. An extensive service portfolio completes its comprehensive offering for the submarine business, including project management, installation and commissioning, along with marine and maintenance operations performed by ASN’s fully owned fleet of cable ships.

Cabo Verde Telecom and EllaLink sign agreement for connectivity to Cabo Verde on the EllaLink Submarine Cable System

Cabo Verde and Madrid, Spain – 13th December 2018 – Cabo Verde Telecom and EllaLink are pleased to announce the contract signature of their agreement to deliver connectivity from Europe and Latin America to Cabo Verde via the EllaLink Submarine Cable System.

The alliance with Cabo Verde Telecom, alongside existing agreements and support from EllaLink’s equity sponsor Marguerite II, will enable commencement of implementation activities for the project.  The EllaLink system, due to be operational in 2020, is a state-of-the-art 4 fiber pair submarine cable designed to satisfy the demand for traffic between Europe and Latin America.

Mr. Jose Luis Livramento, the CEO of CVT expressed “Cabo Verde enjoys a unique geopolitical position in the Atlantic, equidistant between Europe and Latin America and close to Africa with a stable and solid commitment to order and democracy, all of which makes it the ideal hub for interconnecting these territories,” adding “EllaLink has worked hand in hand with CVTelecom over the last two years to ensure Cabo Verde will benefit from this unique opportunity to secure and grow its highly competitive international connectivity. Investing in  the EllaLink system will position Cabo Verde as a leader in the digital transformation of the region.”

Alfonso Gajate Chairman of the EllaLink Board noted “This agreement with Cabo Verde Telecom is fundamental to the project allowing us to move ahead and start to build the EllaLink submarine cable system. CVTelecom’s $25M investment in EllaLink marks an important strategic decision for the country which will aid the development of its social and economic vision.  Connecting Cabo Verde to Europe and Latin America with an initial capacity of 200Gbps will enable CVTelecom to create an Information Technology platform in the Atlantic. We are delighted to have confirmed our partnership with CVTelecom today and look forward to continuing to work together on the implementation of EllaLink.”

With this new connectivity to Praia, the Cabo Verde islands will have enhanced diversity and resilience within their telecoms infrastructure, as well as access to capacity that will contribute to the fast-paced internet and 5G data growth in the region.  Alongside Praia, the landing sites in Fortaleza (Brazil), Praia Grande (Brazil) and Sines (Portugal) have been secured. EllaLink is a privately funded and independent company committed to providing products and services on a Carrier Neutral and Open Access basis.

About CVTelecom

Cabo Verde Telecom SA  known as CVTelecom is the largest telecommunications provider Group in Cape Verde. Due to regulatory vertical separation of the markets, Cabo Verde Telecom fully owns CVMóvel and CVMultimedia which are telecommunication operators, leaders in the provision of services on the mobile and multimedia sectors.

Cabo Verde Telecom explores a service concession from the State of Cape Verde, operating its fixed network which includes among others, the inter-islands fiber optics submarine cable system, as well as the international fiber optics submarine cable systems, Atlantis 2 and WACS. The EllaLink system will be the fundamental factor to secure the connectivity of Cape Verde to the world and enable the development of the social and economic vision of the country.

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 Praia Grande (Brazil), 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 or contact info@ella.link