With its optical cable now in place, the transatlantic cable system EllaLink is now moving on to lighting its infrastructure. They have tapped Infinera to handle that part, looking to leverage the vendor’s ICE6 technology.
EllaLink connects Europe with South America, with the main subsea link connecting Sines, Portugal and Fortaleza, Brazil with branches planned to Cabo Verde, Mauritainia, Morocco, the Canary Islands, and Madeira. Infinera’s gear will support 100Tbps on the Portugal/Brazil route as well as 30Tbps between Portugal and Madeira and eventually 40Tbps from Portugal to Morocco. They will also leverage Infinera gear for the terrestrial link from Sines to Lisbon, Madrid, and Marseille.
The RTD latency on EllaLink’s infrastructure between Portugal and Brazil is expected to be less than 60ms, cutting the corner as compared to the main routes that land first in North America before heading south, which covers twice the distance. The cable is expected to officially go live in May of this year.
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