EMACOM and EllaLink sign contract for fiber pair linking Madeira islands

EMACOM and EllaLink have announced that they have signed a contract to connect the islands of Madeira with a dedicated fiber pair on the EllaLink submarine cable system. The EllaLink undersea cable system will offer a platform for high-capacity services between Europe and South America, and to the archipelago of Madeira along the route. Wholly owned by the Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira, SA (EEM), EMACOM provides fiber-optic services as a neutral operator in Madeira.

EMACOM and EllaLink have announced that they have signed a contract to connect the islands of Madeira with a dedicated fiber pair on the EllaLink submarine cable system. The EllaLink undersea cable system will offer a platform for high-capacity services between Europe and South America, and to the archipelago of Madeira along the route. Wholly owned by the Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira, SA (EEM), EMACOM provides fiber-optic services as a neutral operator in Madeira.

According to EllaLink, the system meets the growing need for secure, low latency connectivity for an array of customers in Europe and South America's key financial and population centers. Offering 72 Tbps of capacity between Brazil, Spain, and Portugal, the EllaLink system will connect data centers in Madrid, Lisbon, and Fortaleza, and deliver direct access to São Paulo and Marseille, and other system aggregation points. EllaLink has secured the landing sites in Santos and Fortaleza, Brazil, and Sines, Portugal, says the company. The submarine cable system, which is being built by Alcatel Submarine Networks, will be ready for service in 2020.

New connectivity to Funchal will provide the islands of Madeira with advanced diversity and resilience in their telecom connectivity, and telecom capacity access that should address the islands' demands for the next 25 years, EllaLink asserts.

"We welcome this opportunity for additional fiber connectivity to our islands and believe this new infrastructure will allow us to expand and improve the business-friendly environment that Madeira offers," said Rui Faria Rebelo, president of the board of EEM.

In a previous announcement, EllaLink received an "Intent to Award" for a €25 millioncontract that will cover the purchase of capacity on the upcoming EllaLink submarine cable from GEANT and RedCLARA on behalf of the BELLA (Building the Europe Link with Latin America) consortium (see "EllaLink nears €25 million contract from GEANT and RedCLARA for capacity on submarine network").

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