The submarine fiber optic cable between Brazil and Portugal, which was inaugurated last Tuesday (January 1), should offer users faster and more stable internet. Elling, as it is known, is this High capacity to connect Gulf countries.
After Internet operators, users can benefit from this structure, as well as streaming, cloud cloud, financial services, banks and stock exchanges, gaining a portion of the traffic capacity. The cable will be used by research institutes and corporate networks.
In short, the new cable offers two improvements:
- High speed and low latencyThis is the time it takes for information to move from one stage to another. This is useful for services with heavy data traffic and requires short response times such as online gaming and live streams.
- Security: Direct contact between Brazil and Portugal reduces the risk because data from other countries, such as the United States, does not have to go through.
With About 6 thousand kilometers, Departs from Elling Fortaleza, where it also sends information from Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Has a connection with French Guiana.
From the capital of Sierra Leone, the cable goes to the Portuguese city of Science, which is connected by terrestrial cables to Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona and Marseille. In the Atlantic Ocean, it connects with Cape Verde, Mauritania, Morocco, the island of Madeira and the Canary Islands.
Elllink is the first high speed cable between Latin America and Europe. – Photo: Art / G1
More speed, less latency
Created for a useful life of 25 years, this cable should ensure greater speed in communication between continents. According to Elling, the company that made it, it will have Traffic capacity of 72 terabytes (TBPS) per second.
Since 2014, other high-capacity cables similar to Elling have been installed between South America and North America. However, the new cable between Brazil and Portugal goes beyond another factor.
Latency, that is, the time it takes for information to leave one point of Elling to another Below 60 milliseconds. According to the company, this number represents 50% less than what is normally registered.
The latency is declining because until then, the fastest communication between Brazil and Europe depended on cables passing through the United States. Direct routing allows data to reach destinations faster.
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The direct link between Latin America and Europe can improve the performance of applications that rely on intense data traffic, says IXB’s infrastructure manager for the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee (CGIR)’s Julio Zirota project.
“The installation of the new submarine cable will create shorter routes with Europe and thus allow better performance for those who want to use games and video streaming sources located in Europe with lower latency,” he explained.
The Brazilian government said in a statement that Elling would improve research and education opportunities in Latin America and Europe. This is because a portion of the cable capacity is allocated to an academic consortium.
Building the connection between Europe and Latin America (Bella), as is well known, brings together research institutes from countries in both regions. It is hoped that this will enable cable researchers to access scientific instruments in other countries.
The connection between Latin America and Europe through Elling provides greater security in communication. Because he does not need an intermediary country like the US to reach his destination.
The Undersea Cable Project was created in 2012 but gained traction years after an American spy scam was uncovered.
Leaked documents by Edward Snowden, a former United States National Security Agency (NSA) analyst, in 2013 The agency had access to e-mails and calls from BraziliansIncluding former President Dilma Rousseff.
In 2013, Edward Snowden exposed the NSA spying against the Brazilian government. – Photo: Brendan McDermid / Reuters / Archive
According to Zirota, calls passing through the United States increase security risks because the rest of the route must pass through intermediate devices in the U.S. territory.
“From a security and privacy point of view, the number of intermediaries is low and the risk of undue interference with the transferred data is low,” he said.
Another advantage of cable is known as network availability. As there is an additional route between Latin America and Europe, the services will continue to operate normally even if the route through the US is blocked.
Elllink, which claims to have set aside 150 million euros ($ 923 million at current prices), is investing in the submarine cable. Most of the values came from companies such as the European Investment Bank (EIB), which is affiliated with the European Union.
Another amount is called anchor clients. The Bella Consortium is important. The group has formed research networks in Europe (Giant) and Latin America (Red Clara) that will use part of their traffic capacity in scientific transmission, in addition to Cabo Verde Telecom and Imacon (Ilha de Madeira).
The European Union (EU) has said it has invested 26 26.5 million (approximately $ 163 million) in the Bella consortium.
The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) has reportedly invested 8.9 million euros ($ 54.8 million). The investment was made through the National Education and Research Network (RNP), a social organization of MCTI.
In addition to Elllink, the Brazilian government has joined Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. Undersea fiber optic cable connecting South America with Asia and Oceania. The project, known as Humboldt, will cost about $ 400 million, and predicts a cable with an initial data transmission capacity of 400 Gbps.
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