Cape Verde: Ellalink Submarine Cable Enters Service Running From Sines (Portugal) to Fortaleza (Brazil)

On 1 June 2021, the Ellalink (European Link with Latin America) submarine cable was officially inaugurated. The 6,000 km cable has a design capacity of 100 Tbps, and runs from Sines (Portugal) to Fortaleza (Brazil) with landing points in Funchal (Madeira, Portugal) and Praia (Cape Verde). Future extensions are planned to build spurs to connect to French Guiana, Mauritania, the Canary Islands, and Morocco. Cabo Verde Telecom (CV Telecom) signed an agreement in December 2018 for an investment of US$ 25 million for the landing in Praia and an initial capacity of 200 Gbps  (see Cape Verde: Cape Verde: Cabo Verde Telecom And EllaLink Sign Contract For Submarine Cable Connecting Brazil, Cape Verde And Portugal). The new direct cable route reduces latency between Brazil and Portugal by up to half compared to other trans-Atlantic cable routes, according to a company press release. Cape Verde was previously served by two international submarine cables: the Atlantis II cable which entered service in 2000, and WACS which entered service in May 2012 (see Africa: WACS Submarine Cable Enters Service). During October 2018, an agreement was also signed between CV Telecom and GUILAB (Guinéenne de Large Bande SA) for the ‘Cabo Amilcar Cabral’ cable which will run from Praia to Conakry (see Cape Verde: Agreement Signed for Cabo Amilcar Cabral Submarine Cable Connnecting Cape Verde And Guinea Conakry).

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