EllaLink and EMACOM to Boost Madeira Connection

Partnership between EMACOM, and the EllaLink has extended further in order to meet the growing capacity demands of the islands of Madeira.

EMACOM currently owns 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.

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.

Rui Faria Rebelo, CEO of EMACOM, said, “We are pleased to deepen our relationship with EllaLink in order to strengthen our regional infrastructure, to encourage telecoms growth and to support the current plans to improve the infrastructure connecting mainland Portugal with the Autonomous regions of Madeira and Açores. Expansion of our network provides our customers with choice, reliability and economic value, as well as delivering the large data capacity that Portugal will need in order to meet its connectivity demands for the next 25 years.”

It gives me great pleasure to offer EMACOM an increased share in the EllaLink cable system. Additional fiber pairs at a very competitive price will position Madeira as an ideal regional hub, offering direct connections to Portugal and onwards to Spain, Cabo Verde and Brazil. We look forward to working together for many years to come,” added Philippe Dumont, CEO of the EllaLink Group.

Being built by Alcatel Submarine Networks, EllaLink is a 4 fiber pair submarine cable system scheduled for operation in 2020.

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