The optical submarine cable, EllaLink is “of the utmost strategic importance” to Europe, according to the Portuguese Prime Minister, who said that “our geographic position made us something very important in the past, something we will be again in the future: a connection point between Europe and the other continents”.
António Costa was speaking at the inaugural ceremony for the 6,000-kilometre-long high-speed communications cable connecting Europe directly to South America, whose launch was integrated into the “Leading the Digital Decade” event, co-organised by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU and the European Commission, with the participation of Member States, the private sector and civil society, to promote a broad discussion on the digital transformation of the EU.
Using the COVID-19 pandemic as an example, the Prime Minister said that “one country alone could not have developed the vaccine” and that the “example the scientific community has set, of sharing knowledge and data, is an inspiration for precisely what this cable will make possible on a daily basis and in the future”. The EllaLink cable has now been anchored in Sines, making a direct connection to Fortaleza in Brazil.
The Portuguese Minister of State for the Economy and the Digital Transition , Pedro Siza Vieira, pointed to the private nature of the investment – supported by the European Union – and the importance of the infrastructure, which will improve “data transmission between the two continents”.