Cape Verde will be connected to EllaLink, the new undersea fibre optic cable being built to meet the demand for traffic between Europe and Latin America. The infrastructure will enable significant growth in the Internet, cloud computing and 5G services.
Cabo Verde Telecom and EllaLink have just signed a binding Memorandum of Understanding to provide submarine fibre connectivity to Cape Verde.
The EllaLink system, which will be operational by 2020, is a new 4-pair submarine cable that is being built to meet the demand for traffic between Europe and Latin America. When built, it will provide the only direct connection between the two continents and the subsidiaries along the 6,000 km route to serve customers in Cape Verde and Madeira.
This new connectivity to Cape Verde will increase the diversity and resilience of the telecommunications infrastructure in the archipelago, providing a direct route to Brazil and Portugal, as well as providing access to telecommunications capacity that will enable significant growth in the Internet, cloud computing and services to the region.
José Luis Livramento, PCA of Cape Verde Telecom, acknowledged to the EllalInk website that “this new infrastructure will strengthen Cape Verde’s capabilities as a strategic telecommunications center with direct access to Europe and the Americas.”
Alfonso Gajate, president of EllaLink, added: “This commitment by Cape Verde Telecom represents another big step towards the construction of EllaLink and a confirmation that better connectivity between Europe and Latin America is now needed. We are also proud to support Cape Verde Telecom’s ambition to increase the country’s digital economy. ”
EllaLink is a new submarine cable linking Brazil to Europe, connecting the main centers of São Paulo and Fortaleza to Lisbon and Madrid. The system is being built by Alcatel Submarine Networks and will be one of the new generation undersea cables offering 72 terabits of capacity in 4 pairs of fibres. EllaLink has secured landing sites in Santos (Brazil), Fortaleza (Brazil) and Sines (Portugal), and will be ready for service in 2020.
Source: Jornal Economico