EMACOM and the EllaLink Group announced on Tuesday that their partnership on the EllaLink cable system has extended further in order to meet the growing capacity demands of the islands of Madeira. EMACOM currently own a dedicated fiber pair on the EllaLink system which is designed to carry over 24Tbps of traffic. New plans under discussion propose to increase the number of direct fiber pairs between Funchal and mainland Portugal in order to provide EMACOM with additional capacity in excess of 70Tbps.

EllaLink cable map
EllaLink cable map,     Source: Ellalink

 

 

The company EMACOM – Telecomunicações da Madeira, Unipessoal, Lda., incorporated in August 1998, is wholly owned by the Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira, SA. EMACOM’s main objective is to provide fiber optic services as a neutral operator in the Autonomous Region of Madeira – Portugal, and to promote with international connectivity, the development of IT business opportunities in this region. 

In May 2018, EMACOM and EllaLink signed a contract committing to connect the islands of Madeira with a dedicated fibre pair on the EllaLink Submarine cable system. New plans under discussion propose to increase the number of direct fiber pairs between Funchal and mainland Portugal in order to provide EMACOM with additional capacity in excess of 70Tbps.

Currently under construction, EllaLink will provide the islands of Madeira with fiber diversity, increased data capacity and direct connectivity to Lisbon via a new state-of-the-art coherent submarine system. EMACOM’s provisions on EllaLink are guaranteed to meet the long-term demand of this key autonomous region of the republic of Portugal.

Being built by Alcatel Submarine Networks, EllaLink is a leading edge 4 fiber pairs submarine cable system scheduled for operation in 2020.  Designed to satisfy the growing demand for traffic between Europe and Latin America, the low latency EllaLink route avoids the congestion of the North Atlantic by offering the first ever direct fiber pair between the two continents.

The landing sites in Fortaleza (Brazil) and Sines (Portugal) have been secured and EllaLink is scheduled to be Ready for Service in 2020. 

 

Source: EllaLink