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The installation of a transatlantic submarine cable will link Sines, Portugal, to Fortaleza, Brazil, in an investment of 170 million euros, and the first data transmission is scheduled for late 2020, was announced today.

The submarine cable will pass through Cape Verde and the island of Madeira, installing a data transmission capacity of 73 terabits per second, the municipality of Sines said in a statement.

The infrastructure, called Ellalink, will be implemented under the BELLA project (Building European Link to Latin America), which brings together the European and South American science networks, being funded by the European Commission and private funds.

“The installation of the EllaLink cable will enable the development of a new digital innovation hub in Sines. We are working with the consortium responsible for the cable installation and also with aicep, in order to capture technology and digital investment for the municipality, which will contribute to the diversification of our local economy and the creation of a new cluster in Sines. ” , says the mayor of Sines, Nuno Mascarenhas, in the statement.

According to the mayor, the consortium responsible for the installation of the cable, the EllaLink consortium, will build in Sines the cable reception infrastructure and the data processing station, which will be located in the industrial and logistics area of ​​Sines. , from aicep Global Parques.

Nuno Mascarenhas also points out that “Brazil has no direct connection to Europe, and from an economic point of view, the fact that Sines is the gateway to this submarine cable is the reaffirmation of the strategic importance” of the municipality.

Taken from JM