EllaLink: “the new submarine cable between Europe and Latin America will reduce the current latency by 50%, to below 60 milliseconds”

By Mar Carpena
January 12, 2021

EllaLink’s submarine cable comes to fruition in Portugal and Diego Matas, EllaLink’s Operations Director in Spain, is analyzing this new super intercontinental connection for Silicon.

Europe and Latin America, closer than ever. This is what the EllaLink submarine cable that today has anchored in the Portuguese town of Sines allows and which opens a new “corridor” for the transmission of data between the two continents, providing new opportunities to the European market.

The first shortest direct route between Europe and Latin America, avoiding passage through third countries, should be fully operational in the second quarter of 2021.

An unprecedented way that responds to the increasing connectivity needs that the digital society in which we live increasingly requires.

Data, voice, Internet, applications … All this directly, between Europe and Latin America and a latency lower by 50% compared to the current infrastructure, reaching a real value of less than 60 ms between Portugal and Brazil.

We analyzed exclusively with Diego Matas, EllaLink’s Director of Operations in Spain, the magnitudes of this operation, the new business channels it offers to companies and users and how it places Spain closer to becoming a nerve center of digital transformation.

-How is a deployment of such magnitude carried out? Kilometers of cable, transmission capacity, economic investment… What are the details of this operation?

The truth is that this network is unprecedented and, above all, it was very necessary. It comes to cover a gap that existed and that needed to be corrected. It was not logical that for the communication of data between South America and Europe, it would have to go yes or yes through the United States when, and this is very striking, for example, Spain is about 60 kilometers closer to Fortaleza (northwest of Brazil) than Miami

That is what we wanted to show. It is the first direct connection between the two continents and for this we have deployed nearly 6,000 kilometers of cable and we have made an investment of 150 million euros.

We are talking about a last generation fiber optic cable with a capacity of 72 terabites of end-to-end capacity. It is unprecedented.

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