aicep Global Parques, EllaLink and Start Campus create the Atlantic Hub

Oct. 19, 2023
The new partnership is focused on providing a platform to land and operate submarine cables.

aicep Global Parques, EllaLink and Start Campus, the company responsible for the SINES hyperscale sustainable data center, are working together to create the 'Atlantic Hub,' enhancing connectivity between Europe, North and South America and Africa.

The partnership, which includes collaboration from the Portuguese Government in coordinating various public entities at national and local levels, aims to establish Sines, Portugal, as a key submarine cable hub.

There are various elements that the Atlantic Hub will offer:

·      A transparent and comprehensive solution to streamline the licensing and construction authorization process, establishing a risk controlled environment with unique regulatory conditions for landing submarine cables in a strategic location for intercontinental connectivity;

·       The creation of a “Cable Protection zone” in front of Sines for pre-licensing of submarine cable routes, ensuring enhanced and controlled cable protection;

·       The construction, in Sines, of several multi-tenant, robust and diverse fronthaul infrastructures for submarine cables, connecting the SINES data centre, EllaLink Cable Landing Station (CLS) and other cable landing points, and Sines Tech.

Sines has positioned itself as a neutral submarine hub, capable of attracting more international cables due to its unique, simplified location, low risk and high security, connected to large-scale interconnection hubs and data centers, and sustainable energy solutions.

This project guarantees the reinforcement of an ecosystem conducive to the landing of submarine cables with the connection between the sustainable Hyperscale data center SINES, high-speed submarine cables such as EllaLink, and access to clean energy sources and cooling infrastructures using seawater, with negligent WUEs.

Creating a natural redundancy and giving strength to the Atlantic Hub, the unrepeated high fiber count submarine cable system, Olisipo, will provide Sines the diversity to other digital infrastructures in Portugal, connecting to other cable landings and data centers.

The Atlantic Hub is not just about connectivity. It is expected to bring substantial economic benefits to the region as it boosts job creation, stimulates local economic activity, and contributes to the growth of the digital economy. What’s more, it can also encourage technology companies to establish a presence in the area.

“The Atlantic Hub will enable a huge reduction in risk for new subsea systems as well as a qualitative leap in processes that are generally time-consuming in an industry that needs ever shorter deadlines between the investment decision and the start of operations,” said Afonso Salema, CEO of Start Campus. “It is indeed encouraging to have the collaboration of partner companies such as EllaLink and official organizations such as aicep Global Parque, which give strength to all the projects that are increasingly looking to Sines as the European gateway to the explosion of intercontinental connectivity.”

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Sean Buckley

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