Ellalink and Alcatel Submarine Networks Start Construction of Submarine Cable System Between Latin America and Europe

EllaLink Ireland and (ASN) Alcatel Submarine Networks announced that they have started construction of the EllaLink Submarine Cable System.EllaLink Press Release
January 8, 2019

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 – 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.”


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 [email protected]

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.