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BELLA programme completes cable construction connecting Europe and Latin America

The BELLA programme completed on March 4th the construction of the vast new undersea EllaLink submarine cable system that will link Europe and Latin America. Work now begins to bring BELLA connectivity online, providing the high capacity and low latency necessary for data-intensive research and education use.

Following the final splice of the cable, the private consortium EllaLink announced that commissioning of the network is ongoing and data centers in Madrid, Lisbon and Sines will soon be directly connected to Fortaleza, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

When fully operational in the coming months, the cable will boost business, scientific and cultural exchanges between the two continents and within Latin America, paving the way to cooperation in High Performance Computing and Earth Observation data.

BELLA includes 11 European and Latin American research and education networks from Germany, Portugal, Italy, Spain, France, Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and Brazil and is led by RedCLARA, the South American research & education network, and GEANT, the pan-European research and education network.