WSPs first transatlantic fiber optic cable system, connecting South America to Europe is now providing the first system that directly connects these two continents, bypassing the U.S. telecom infrastructure.
Installation of the EllaLink Fiber Optic Cable System was completed earlier this year and became operational on April 30. The nearly 5,800-mile cable system is connecting the European Scientific Community with South America, landing in Brazil. From Brazil it connects to the terrestrial network – an academic network that reaches across the continent and ends in the Antofagasta Observatory in Chile’s Atacama Desert.
WSP USA worked with the supply contractor, Alcatel Submarine Networks, to ensure a secure, speedy internet connection with minimal environmental impact.
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“Having worked on just about every submarine cable ever laid in Latin America and the Caribbean, WSP has an unparalleled track record in securing purchaser permits in the region,” said Maria Mato, global telecom lead at WSP USA. “The team is helping inform and steer national regulations in countries where the cables are landing for the first time.”
EllaLink was created to improve the diversity of the global cable network. With landing sites in Fortaleza, Brazil and Sines, Portugal – and with a detour through North America no longer required – the direct fiber optic cable will reduce round-trip time latency between Europe and Brazil by 50 percent. It creates an infrastructure that provides an initial 100 tbps of capacity over four direct fiber pairs, connecting data centers using major POPs on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Additional landings included Madeira and Cabo Verde.
“One of the key benefits is the capability to provide internet access to underdeveloped countries, many that still only have internet in the larger urban areas but not throughout the country,” Mato said. “This connection will be crucial for financial development of these regions to enter global markets, to improve education, and as a modern ‘human right’ as determined by the United Nations.”