Since its inception, IslaLink planned to connect both the Balearic and the Canary Islands. It was not until 2011 that the construction of CanaLink was completed. After two years of operation, the system was acquired by its current owner. CanaLink is a submarine network composed of several sub-systems:

  1. Tenerife – Rota, with a branch to Gran Canaria-East
  2. Tenerife – La Palma
  3. Tenerife – Gran Canaria West
  4. Tenerife – Peninsula protection (by means of a third-party cable)
  5. Rota – Asilah branch (called Loukkos: a system belonging to Maroc Telecom)

Furthermore, the system incorporates several terrestrial transmission networks:

  • In the peninsula, the network connects the landing points to the CLSs of Rota and Conil, and, from there, to Seville and Jerez respectively
  • In Tenerife, a dual route links the CLSs at Güimar and Granadilla and connects them to a metropolitan ring in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • In Gran Canaria, the landing points are connected to the CLSs of Tarahales (Gran Canaria-West) and el Goro (Gran Canaria-East). The terrestrial optical fiber network links them to las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Finally, in the Island of La Palma, a terrestrial fiber pair connects the landing point to the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias


Through its subsidiary OranLink, IslaLink has operated until 2018 two Points-of-Presence in Marseilles, which were connected to the SEA-ME-WE-4 cable station through a fiber ring. Algeria’s Network has been connected through this infrastructure to the main peering hubs in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Paris and Marseilles and to tier-1 Internet Service Providers.

In addition to this, IslaLink participated in the design of the ORVAL (Oran – Valencia) submarine system, to which a branch to Algiers was added (ALVAL branch). This project is expected to be completed before end 2018.


EllaLink is an optical submarine cable that will link EUROPE, Portugal (SINES) to LATAM, Brazil (Fortaleza) to address the increasing demand for international capacity. The cable is a 3-fiber-pair cable linking Southern Europe (Sines – Lisbon – Madrid) to LATAM (Fortaleza – Sao Paulo). Three intermediate branches are also being planned to land in Cabo Verde, the Canary Islands and Madeira. The main section of the cable traveling from Sines to Fortaleza is approximately 5,900 km.

Today, the international capacity connecting Latin America to North America is 1,000 times that connecting it to Europe. However, independent research studies show that at present Europe is where the largest volumes of traffic are exchanged at the lowest costs. EllaLink’s key objective is to provide a competitive, general purpose international connection, however its connectivity extends well beyond delivering a single connection to address the following needs in Latin America and Europe

IslaLink has been leading the project that is now a separate company. To learn more about the EllaLink project, please refer to its website: