Cabo Verde Telecom and EllaLink have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to deliver subsea fibre connectivity to Cabo Verde.
The EllaLink submarine cable, which is due to be operational in 2020, is a new four-fibre-pair system being constructed to meet the demand for traffic between Europe and Latin America. Once complete, it will provide a direct connection between the two continents, linking the major hubs of Sao Paulo and Fortaleza with Lisbon and Madrid and branching along the 6,000km route to serve customers in Cabo Verde and Madeira. The system is being constructed by Alcatel Submarine Networks and as one of the new generation coherent submarine cables, offering 72 terabits of capacity over four fibre pairs. EllaLink has secured landing sites in Santos (Brazil), Fortaleza (Brazil) and Sines (Portugal.
Commented Jose Luis Livramento, CEO of Cabo Verde Telecom: ‘We welcome this opportunity for additional fibre connectivity to our islands and believe this new infrastructure will reinforce the capabilities of Cabo Verde as a strategic telecommunications hub with direct access to Europe and The Americas.’
Alfonso Gajate, Chairman of EllaLink added: ‘This commitment from Cabo Verde Telecom represents another major step for EllaLink towards its construction and a confirmation that improved connectivity between Europe and Latin America is now required.’