The installation of a transatlantic submarine cable which will link Sines, Portugal, to Fortaleza, Brazil via Cape Verde and Madeira was announced today. The project will cost a 170 million euros, and the first transmission date is scheduled for late 2020.
The infrastructure, called Ellalink, will be implemented under the BELLA project (Building European Link to Latin America), which brings together European and South American science networks and is funded by both the European Commission and private funds.
In a statement, the Mayor of Sines, Nuno Mascarenhas said “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 with AICEP Portugal Global, to capture technology and digital investment for the municipality, which will contribute to the diversification of our local economy.’
According to the mayor, the consortium responsible for the installation of the cable, the EllaLink consortium, will build the cable reception infrastructure and the data processing station in the industrial and logistics area of Sines.
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