EllaLink and Telxius Collaborate to Bring Next Generation Connectivity to Latin America and Europe

EllaLink and Telxius have signed a collaboration agreement for international subsea capacity and terrestrial connectivity in Latin America.EllaLink Press Release
October 28, 2019

Dublin, Ireland and Madrid, Spain – The EllaLink Group and Telxius, the telecommunication infrastructure company of the Telefónica Group, announced today that they have signed a collaboration agreement for international subsea capacity and terrestrial connectivity in Latin America, including cable landing facilities in Fortaleza, Brazil. The complementary infrastructure owned by EllaLink and Telxius will enable European traffic to reach Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and other key cities in Brazil and across Latin America.

Already under construction, EllaLink is an open state-of-the-art 4 fiber pair submarine cable system designed to satisfy the growing demand for traffic between Europe and Latin America.  The system will offer the first ever direct fiber route between the two regions, thus avoiding the traffic congestion of the North Atlantic and offering the absolute lowest latency when compared to existing routes. By offering route diversity to all the existing cable systems, EllaLink will provide a uniquely secured traffic protection route between Europe and Latin America.

Rafael Arranz, Chief Operating Officer of Telxius for its Cable Business, said: “We are proud to closely work with EllaLink on this project, which will further advance communications between Europe and Latin America. This collaboration will leverage on the extensive Telxius’ subsea cable network and its terrestrial extensions across Latin America. In particular, Telxius’ Fortaleza cable landing station interconnects subsea cables stretching towards three continents: America (Central and North), Africa and Europe (with EllaLink). Telxius’ BRUSA, with its 138 Tbps, is currently the highest capacity and lowest latency subsea cable connecting the Americas, potentially extending EllaLink’s reach and ability to serve their customers even further.”   

Diego Matas, Chief Operating Officer of EllaLink, added: “I am delighted to announce our collaboration with Telxius which supports EllaLink’s primary objective of providing advanced products and services on a carrier neutral and open access basis. The Telxius facility in Fortaleza provides the ideal landing solution for a next generation subsea system like EllaLink, while strengthening Telxius’ transatlantic route diversity.”

About Telxius

Telxius is the infrastructure company of the Telefónica Group including tower and subsea cable business segments.  Telxius effectively serves customers through an international network of 87,000 km of high capacity fiber optic subsea cables already in operation, including the two highest capacity systems in the world, MAREA and BRUSA, to go up to 100,000 km by 2021. In addition, the company features an extensive 17,550 tower portfolio, being the leading tower company in Spain, Germany, Peru and Argentina and a main provider in Brazil and Chile. For more information, please visit www.telxius.com

About EllaLink

EllaLink is an advanced optical platform 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 System

The EllaLink System is being built with state-of-the-art coherent technology initially offering 72Tbps of capacity over four direct fibre pairs between Europe and Brazil. 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 or contact [email protected]