EllaLink is an optical submarine cable that will link Brazil (Santos, Fortaleza) and Portugal (Sines) to address the increasing demand for international capacity. The cable is a 4-fiber-pair cable linking Santos (São Paulo – Brazil), Fortaleza (Ceará – Brazil) and Sines (Alentejo – Portugal). 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 Santos is approximately 9,400km, with the branch from the main trunk to Fortaleza measuring approximately 730 km. In June 2015, Telebras and IslaLink incorporated Cabos Brasil Europa S.A. to build EllaLink.
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:
- Latin America and Europe’s nations need to diversify international communications for security, quality and for strategic reasons
- European and LATAM multinationals need to connect their corporate networks through low latency and high capacity connectivity
- Europe-based Cloud Services will provide a safer, legal environment
As a neutral and independent submarine cable landing in Brazil, the project is especially attractive to the fast-growing Content Providers and ISPs.
In June 2005, Telebras and IslaLink incorporated Cabos Brasil Europa S.A. to build EllaLink.