According to Cabo Verde Telecom (CVTelecom), the Ellalink subsea cable landed in Cape Verde on Feburary 18, 2021. The Ellalink cable mooring took place at Portinho beach, in Achada Grande Trás, in the municipality of Praia.
Prior to the Ellalink, Cape Verde is connected to only one working subsea cable, the West Africa Cable System (WACS), while the first and oldest subsea cable landing in Cape Verde, the Atlantis II cable system, already in the process of discontinuation. In December 2018, Cabo Verde Telecom and EllaLink concluded an agreement to deliver connectivity from Europe and Latin America to Cabo Verde via the EllaLink submarine cable System. The Ellalink project is considered of great importance for the development of communications in Cape Verde, because it represents a very valuable range of opportunities in terms of connectivity, mobility and integration.
According to Radio Television Cape Verdean news, the project is budgeted at US $ 30 million (€ 24.9 million), with a financing from the European Investment Bank (EIB), in the amount of US $ 25 million, with the approval of the Government of Cape Verde.
Ellalink also announced earlier CVTelecom's US$ 25 million investment in Ellalink cable system, with an initial capacity of 200Gbps which will enable CVTelecom to create an Information Technology platform in the Atlantic.
The EllaLink cable is expected to be operational in June 2021.
CVTelecom already has a pre-sale agreement to deliver Ellalink cable capacity to the countries of the subregion.
CVTelecom is partnering with a Senegalese company to build the Senegal Horn of Africa Regional Express (SHARE) cable system, which spans 720km connecting Dakar in Senegal and Praia in Cape Verde. According to CVTelecom, the SHARE cable is expected to land at the same Portinho beach at the end of the second half.