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Brazil-Europe fiber optic submarine cable is launched

Brazil-Europe fiber optic submarine cable is launched

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In the city of Sines, Portugal, the first submarine fiber optic cable that connects directly between Brazil and Europe was inaugurated. The project was financed by the Brazilian Federal Government, through the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, which invested €8.9 million, by the European Commission, which contributed €25 million and by the company EllaLink, which invested €150 million.

The submarine cable is 6,000 kilometers long, directly connecting the city of Fortaleza (Brazil) to Sines (Portugal), without the need for the data to pass through the United States.

The project for the interconnection between the two sides of the Atlantic, connecting Brazil to Europe with a high-capacity link, is an action of the Diálogo Digital Brasil União Europeia. The initiative is co-ordinated by the Secretary of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Paulo Alvim, and has been in existence for over 14 years.

The cable connection will enhance research and education opportunities in Latin America and Europe over the next 25 years. Part of the capacity of the submarine cable will be used by the Consortium Building the Europe Link with Latin America (BELLA), an academic interconnection project that brings together several research institutions from countries in Europe and Latin America, including RNP. Cable connectivity will allow Brazilian researchers to access scientific equipment in Europe and vice versa.

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