EllaLink shortlisted for the 2019 Global Carrier Awards, Project of the Year – Subsea networks

Here at EllaLink we are thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Best Project award for the Capacity Global Carrier Awards 2019. We originally entered the project in recognition of the enormous commitment and perseverance of our team over the last seven years. As you may know, the EllaLink system was first conceived back in 2012 when, during discussions between GEANT and RedCLARA (together BELLA), the need for a direct link between European and Latin American scientific research and education communities because apparent. From this small seed our founders Alfonso Gajate and Ross Mullins have tirelessly steered the project from initial concept to commencing construction in 2019.

 

 

A truly open cable system

Along the way we were joined by key anchor tenants such as EMACOM and Cabo Verde Telecom as well as partners such as Telebras. We gained a financial sponsor in Marguerite and a powerhouse CEO in Philippe Dumont. EllaLink is a large project driven by a small and dynamic team with the primary aim of bringing an alternative choice for those wishing to cross the Atlantic.

At our heart is neutrality and we strive to offer open access to any type of operator on a carrier neutral basis. Customer choice is our modus operandi.

A new route to change the transatlantic playing field

In the past, transatlantic submarine cable systems have typically 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 an essential high-speed and affordable connection across a diverse transatlantic path for those wishing to reach Latin America directly from Europe, and vice versa. Plus, amazing improvements in Round Trip Delay, of up to 50%, between Madrid and São Paulo will be possible via EllaLink which will have a big impact on the global IP market and on the enterprise IT delivery model.

Removing the need to transit via North America improves the predictability of performance because only one cable system is traversed to reach the end point, instead of two.  

Software platforms are very sensitive to transmission delays and this limitation has forced providers to deploy their applications in data centers close to their end users. The dramatic decrease in latency provided by the EllaLink route 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 center infrastructure used for app deployment.

The EllaLink management team is keen to support transformation of the global economy. 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 importations and investments as well as strengthening political relations with all Latin American countries.

Sines, the gateway to Southern Europe

To complete its optical platform for data center to data center connectivity, EllaLink offers integrated diverse terrestrial routes to São Paulo, Madrid and Marseille giving additional protection and ensuring high end-to-end system availability.

We have chosen to land in Sines in Portugal to avoid the congested areas of Sesimbra, Carcavelos and Seixal, and we are creating a new cable landing station in a site ideal for data center expansion.

By selecting this landing site, EllaLink is helping to address the lack of regional diversity, and with new landing sites come new cable stations and alternative terrestrial routes. EllaLink is keen to support further development of the countries broadband and green power networks, for instance we are developing two 50MW solar plants locally at the landing point.

There will no doubt be challenges along the way, there always are, but being recognised by Capacity for the progress that we have made is a great achievement in itself. We look forward to the ceremony on the 30th October. See you there @Capacity!

EllaLink shortlisted for the Global Carrier Awards 2019

EllaLink is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for the Global Carrier Awards 2019, one of the most prestigious awards in our industry.  We have been selected in two categories: Project of the Year – Subsea and Best Strategic Subsea Route.

We submitted EllaLink for the Best Project Award in recognition of the enormous commitment that has gone into the project from initial concept to commencing construction in 2019 to bring an alternative choice for those wishing to cross the Atlantic. Neutrality is at our heart and we strive to offer open access to any type of operator on a carrier neutral basis.

For the Best Strategic Subsea Route Award,  EllaLink is a new submarine cable system that will offer high capacity connectivity on a unique low latency transatlantic route directly connecting Brazil and Europe linking the major hubs of São Paulo and Fortaleza with Lisbon, Madrid and Marseille.

EllaLink is a state-of-the-art and unique platform offering secure high capacity connectivity on a unique low latency transatlantic route, also linking major terrestrial and subsea hubs in Europe and Latin America, namely Marseille, Madrid, Lisbon and Sines to Fortaleza, Rio and Sao Paulo. Based on its subsea system integrated to a secured continental fiber network, the EllaLink four fiber pair system offers a diverse backbone infrastructure allowing direct PoP to PoP connectivity. This results into a unique redundant route with best latency connections and access to recent & future cables landings. Providing a unique direct fiber route between the two continents, it promised promising to create a new Atlantic and offering the absolute lowest latency, when compared to existing routes. EllaLink positions itself as geographically diverse system, offering open access to flexible and scalable capacity services to any type of operator on a carrier neutral basis. 

The winners will be revealed at the Capacity Global Carrier Awards ceremony taking place on Wednesday October 30th as part of the Capacity Europe conference in London. For more information, please click here https://www.capacitymedia.com/articles/3824273/global-carrier-awards-2019-shortlist-announced-

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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.

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5 QUESTIONS WITH PHILIPPE DUMONT: Talking Technology Trends with EllaLink Group’s CE

5 QUESTIONS WITH PHILIPPE DUMONT: Talking Technology Trends with EllaLink Group’s CE (an interview from the magazine Submarine Telecoms Forum).

Philippe Dumont is the CEO of EllaLink and has over 20 years of international experience as a CEO in the Telecoms industry on both the supplier and customer side, as well as working closely with infrastructure funds. He was previously the President & CEO of ASN (Alcatel Submarine Networks) after holding several executive positions inside Alcatel-Lucent. Philippe has an engineering degree from the Arts & Metiers (ENSAM) and an MBA from Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris.

 

Philippe Dumont

  1. You were first involved with the EllaLink project on the supply side. How did your perspective change when you moved onto the operator side?

After spending many years as a supplier, I would say that one of the major differences is related to the project focus. On the supply side, a large amount of effort is spent, often over an extended period, to assist the customer in development of a system design that meets their specific requirements. Once the supply contract is signed it’s over to the supplier to manufacture and implement the system as per the design. On the customer side, the main focus is on the longterm strategy of the business as a whole which requires a keen understanding of the current market and how it will grow over the life of the system. It is not simply a case of conceiving and deploying a system but also making sure that it will meet the end-users’ demands over time, and that its evolution, both in terms of extension and upgrade, are taken into account from day one.

  1. Construction of the EllaLink submarine cable system is advancing – what were the key challenges upfront and what are the main activities completed to date?

It is no secret that project financing is the basic requirement for getting submarine cable projects off the ground and that funding has become more complex over recent years. There is a subtle equilibrium to be achieved between pre-sales, which are key for obtaining financing and demonstrating to potential investors that your project is worthy of their funds. EllaLink has proven to be a valid and future-proof investment for its anchor tenants by both reinforcing and diversifying their existing telecom infrastructures. So far, we have secured and surveyed landings in Portugal, Madeira, Cabo Verde and Brazil. Manufacturing activities have commenced, the marine survey is underway, and the project is on schedule for ready for service by the end of 2020.

  1. What makes Ella- Link unique as a system?

Four main factors make the EllaLink system unique. We offer customers a safe route between Europe and Latin America, the system is buried and armored to protect it from external damage, with the majority of the cable in the safer deep water. Secondly, EllaLink provides fast direct access between PoPs 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 Sao Paulo, Lisbon/Sines, Madrid and Marseille. Improvements in Round Trip Delay of up to 50% are possible between Madrid and São Paulo. Our route offers geographic diversity from existing transatlantic systems and provides customers with an alternative path between the two continents, both on the submarine section and on land. Moreover, the diverse terrestrial routes to São Paulo, Madrid and Marseille offer protection and ensure high end-to-end system availability. Last but not least, EllaLink is a privately funded and independent 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.

  1. The system will land in Sines, can you elaborate on what made EllaLink select this site?

Portugal has become, over the years, a major hub for subsea cable systems and its government is seeking to actively reinforce the country’s broadband development. Building on this, one of the main considerations taken during the system development phase was to avoid congested areas. Geographically Sines meets that requirement, offering diversity from existing systems, and thus providing the opportunity to diversify routes and increase redundancy. In Sines we are constructing a new cable landing station which will be in an area perfect for data center expansion. Additionally, the area is a key node for the Portuguese high voltage grid, thus providing diverse and readily available power lines, which will be complemented by solar plants under development to provide green power. In addition to Sines, the other landings are Fortaleza, Madeira, where our anchor customer EMACOM will supply the CLS and fronthaul and similarly in Cabo Verde with Cabo Verde Telecom.

  1. What are the next steps in terms of construction, operations and connectivity?

The next steps for the project build are completion of the Brazilian marine survey, which is due to start in August this year, construction works for new CLS in Sines, manufacturing and then installation operations. Backhaul connections will be lit to complete the end to end EllaLink network from Madrid, Marseille and Lisbon to Fortaleza and São Paulo. We are braced and ready for the next phase of the project when the system goes live at the end of next year.

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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

Click here to read the full magazine.

 

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5 QUESTIONS WITH PHILIPPE DUMONT: Talking Technology Trends with EllaLink Group’s CEO

5 QUESTIONS WITH PHILIPPE DUMONT: Talking Technology Trends with EllaLink Group’s CE (an interview from the magazine Submarine Telecoms Forum).

Philippe Dumont is the CEO of EllaLink and has over 20 years of international experience as a CEO in the Telecoms industry on both the supplier and customer side, as well as working closely with infrastructure funds. He was previously the President & CEO of ASN (Alcatel Submarine Networks) after holding several executive positions inside Alcatel-Lucent. Philippe has an engineering degree from the Arts & Metiers (ENSAM) and an MBA from Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris.

 

Philippe Dumont

  1. You were first involved with the EllaLink project on the supply side. How did your perspective change when you moved onto the operator side?

After spending many years as a supplier, I would say that one of the major differences is related to the project focus. On the supply side, a large amount of effort is spent, often over an extended period, to assist the customer in development of a system design that meets their specific requirements. Once the supply contract is signed it’s over to the supplier to manufacture and implement the system as per the design. On the customer side, the main focus is on the longterm strategy of the business as a whole which requires a keen understanding of the current market and how it will grow over the life of the system. It is not simply a case of conceiving and deploying a system but also making sure that it will meet the end-users’ demands over time, and that its evolution, both in terms of extension and upgrade, are taken into account from day one.

  1. Construction of the EllaLink submarine cable system is advancing – what were the key challenges upfront and what are the main activities completed to date?

It is no secret that project financing is the basic requirement for getting submarine cable projects off the ground and that funding has become more complex over recent years. There is a subtle equilibrium to be achieved between pre-sales, which are key for obtaining financing and demonstrating to potential investors that your project is worthy of their funds. EllaLink has proven to be a valid and future-proof investment for its anchor tenants by both reinforcing and diversifying their existing telecom infrastructures. So far, we have secured and surveyed landings in Portugal, Madeira, Cabo Verde and Brazil. Manufacturing activities have commenced, the marine survey is underway, and the project is on schedule for ready for service by the end of 2020.

  1. What makes Ella- Link unique as a system?

Four main factors make the EllaLink system unique. We offer customers a safe route between Europe and Latin America, the system is buried and armored to protect it from external damage, with the majority of the cable in the safer deep water. Secondly, EllaLink provides fast direct access between PoPs 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 Sao Paulo, Lisbon/Sines, Madrid and Marseille. Improvements in Round Trip Delay of up to 50% are possible between Madrid and São Paulo. Our route offers geographic diversity from existing transatlantic systems and provides customers with an alternative path between the two continents, both on the submarine section and on land. Moreover, the diverse terrestrial routes to São Paulo, Madrid and Marseille offer protection and ensure high end-to-end system availability. Last but not least, EllaLink is a privately funded and independent 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.

  1. The system will land in Sines, can you elaborate on what made EllaLink select this site?

Portugal has become, over the years, a major hub for subsea cable systems and its government is seeking to actively reinforce the country’s broadband development. Building on this, one of the main considerations taken during the system development phase was to avoid congested areas. Geographically Sines meets that requirement, offering diversity from existing systems, and thus providing the opportunity to diversify routes and increase redundancy. In Sines we are constructing a new cable landing station which will be in an area perfect for data center expansion. Additionally, the area is a key node for the Portuguese high voltage grid, thus providing diverse and readily available power lines, which will be complemented by solar plants under development to provide green power. In addition to Sines, the other landings are Fortaleza, Madeira, where our anchor customer EMACOM will supply the CLS and fronthaul and similarly in Cabo Verde with Cabo Verde Telecom.

  1. What are the next steps in terms of construction, operations and connectivity?

The next steps for the project build are completion of the Brazilian marine survey, which is due to start in August this year, construction works for new CLS in Sines, manufacturing and then installation operations. Backhaul connections will be lit to complete the end to end EllaLink network from Madrid, Marseille and Lisbon to Fortaleza and São Paulo. We are braced and ready for the next phase of the project when the system goes live at the end of next year.

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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

Click here to read the full magazine.

 

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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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Telebras Agrees Asset Swap with EllaLink

By Telecompaper
September 17, 2018

Brazilian telecom infrastructure provider Telebras announced an agreement to exchange its equity interest in the companies EllaLink and Cabos Brasil Europa for the right to use the submarine cable to be launched by Ellalink Ireland that will directly connect Brazil to Portugal. Payment and closing of the deal is expected to take place in the coming months, and the cable start-up is scheduled for 2020.

 

EllaLink Set for 2020 Launch

BELLA (Building Europe Link to Latin America) consortium, whose leading investor is the European Commission, has signed a contract agreement with EllaLink, a private consortium, to launch the deployment of an underwater fibre optic cable connecting Europe and Latin America.

The cable should provide reliable high capacity connectivity that will boost business, scientific and cultural exchanges between the two continents.

This new digital data highway is scheduled to be ready for use in 2020. The cable will guarantee high capacity transmission and run between Portugal and Brazil, with plans to extend connectivity to both Latin America and within the EU.

This transatlantic link will provide researchers and companies with facility for the development of the data economy. It should strengthen the links between research and education networks in the two continents, enabling new collaborative activities. This will be a step ahead in the creation of an EU–Latin America common research area and will support innovation and knowledge-sharing, for instance in improved earth observation services.

In addition to the construction of the undersea cable, BELLA will support improved interconnectivity between Latin American networks for research and education, and will finance sections of the cable running between countries in the region. This will reduce Latin America’s digital divide with Europe and internally.

The signature of the contract is a key milestone in connecting Europe and Latin America. Construction of the underwater cable will only start once the contract enters into force. This is expected to happen shortly.

The European Commission is investing around €26.5 million alongside the group of public stakeholders that form the BELLA consortium.

The BELLA consortium is composed of 11 European and Latin American research and education networks from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain, together with the regional networks RedCLARA, the Latin American research & education network, and GÉANT, the pan-European research and education network.

Brazil unveils undersea cable link to Europe

Europe and Brazil will be linked by an undersea fibre optic cable by 2019. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the link symbolises the ties between the two continents. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Rajoy made the trip to Brazil to meet with the country’s president, Michel Temer, and he presided over the ceremony that unveiled the massive project.

The planned cable will be 10,000 km long and stretch all the way from São Paulo to Madrid, via Madeira, the Canaries and Cape Verde. The wire will have a capacity of 72 terabits per second.

The Ellalink project will be carried out by Alcatel Submarine Networks, after the inital idea was put into motion in June 2015 by EULALINK and Telebrás.

Rajoy was joined at the ceremony by Brazil’s foreign minister and its science and technology minister, Aloysio Nunes and Glberto Kassab, respectively. It was revealed that the project will reduce data transmission times by 40%.

“We will benefit in terms of quality, reliability and confidence in the link between Latin American and Europe,” Rajoy said.

The PM added that the project should help improve data security and privacy by routing calls and internet navigation outside the reach of the United States.

The US National Security Agency’s mass surveillance is a trade barrier for European Internet companies trying to provide services in the United States, a top EU official said yesterday (8 December).

Documents released by US whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013 showed that the National Security Agency (NSA) had tapped the phone of former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

Kassab said that the project will unite Spain and Brazil even further, adding to a long history of collaboration.

The science minister insisted that the link will not only benefit the two countries but both continents as well.

Brazilian President Michel Temer told EURACTIV’s partner EFE in an exclusive interview that his reform agenda remains unaffected by a number of serious corruption scandals.

EULALINK President Alfonso Gajate also highlighted the importance of the link to Brazil-Europe relations and said the cable will be available to anyone who wants to use it.

He added that the project will be of great importance to the financial sector and the world of science. The new link will have seven times the capacity that Latin America currently has.

Telebrás President Antonio Loss also pointed out the benefits the cable will have on the international scientific community.

The only current link between Europe and South America is a low-capacity copper cable that dates back to 1999.

This article was originally published on www.euractiv.com.