So far, there is only one fiber-optic telecommunication cable called Atlantis-2 between Europe and South America. Its capacities are however limited, so that almost exclusively telephone calls are conducted. Internet connections between Europe and Latin America, on the other hand, are usually via the United States. This became a problem in 2014 when the NSA affair revealed that the United States had intercepted both the German Chancellor and the then head of state. Confidence in US data security was lost and the two women politicians decided to lay their own Internet cable to allow direct communication between Europe and Latin America. Originally the completion was scheduled for 2016. Now at least the construction should begin.
The bandwidth is 72 TBit / s
The project initially operated under the name eulaLink, but has since been renamed EllaLink. The construction costs are estimated at about 185 million dollars. The bulk of this is to be financed by Brazil, because the country also promises the greater benefits of the project. But the European Union is also investing tens of millions in the new deep-sea cable. In fact, it is even about several cables, because it will be laid equal to four pairs of glass fibers. Overall, this results in a bandwidth of 72 TBit / s. These additional capacities should help to reduce the speed differences between Europe and Latin America and within the South American continent. Therefore, the European Union also provides funds from the Regional Development Cooperation Fund.
The cable should be ready for use next year
The 9,200-kilometer cable will run between Portugal and the port ports of Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo and Fortaleza. From there, further connections are planned within Latin America. Among other things, Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile are to be connected. On the European side, for example, Madrid and Marseille will benefit from the direct fiber link. Currently, the executing companies assume that the new deep-sea cable will be operational in 2020. However, if you look at the history of the project, further delays can not be ruled out. It will not be the only new deep-sea fiber cable in Europe. Only about a year ago, Microsoft and Google have completed the construction of a similar link between Europe and the US.