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EllaLink & EXA Infrastructure: Bridging Europe and South America’s Digital Gap

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EllaLink, a high-capacity fibre-optic submarine cable directly connecting Europe with South America, and EXA Infrastructure, the largest dedicated digital infrastructure platform connecting Europe and North America, have announced a unique joint transatlantic service. This collaboration aims to connect South America with the heart of Europe’s main business centres.

Customers of both companies will benefit from the latest high capacity direct data route across the Atlantic. This partnership combines with EXA’s extensive European footprint to offer unprecedented network performance. The 9,120-kilometre route will enable Internet traffic to bypass North America, delivering a 50 per cent increase in network performance between data centres in Brazil, Portugal, and Spain. Once the cable lands, EllaLink’s customers will have direct optical connectivity to and from Sines in Portugal and access to EXA’s extensive pan-European network.

EllaLink’s previous Brazil-Portugal routes have been recognized multiple times, winning the Global Carrier Awards’ “Best Subsea Project of the Year” category in 2019 and 2020. Nick Collins, CCO at EXA Infrastructure, stated, “The partnership with EllaLink testifies to EXA’s ambition to become the leading data centre to data centre connectivity provider in Europe and beyond. We have committed €39 million of network investments to date in Portugal and Spain, and this partnership enables us to interconnect with South America, closing the connectivity gap for companies in this fast-growing, bandwidth-demanding environment.”

Additionally, EllaLink and EXA are collaborating on the Olisipo project, a unique cable system connecting the main data centres and all landing stations in Portugal. This project aims to strengthen connectivity and improve network infrastructure in the country, positioning Portugal as a key digital hub in southern Europe. Vincent Gatineau, CSMO at EllaLink, stated, “We understand the importance of securing diversity as an alternative to the north transatlantic routes. Combining EllaLink’s low latency network with EXA Infrastructure’s extensive and advanced footprint enhances both our portfolios and the value proposition we can offer to the market. This is a strong partnership for EllaLink that will significantly benefit our customers.”

To learn more about EXA Infrastructure and EllaLink, interested parties can join them at this year’s live Submarine Networks EMEA event in London.

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