Cabo Verde is set to play a key role as part of telecommunications submarine that will connect South America and Europe. This is as a result of Cabo Verde Telecom and EllaLink signing an agreement to deliver subsea fibre cable that will go through Cabo Verde and connect South America and Europe.

Known as the EllaLink system, the fibre cable is expected to be fully functional by the year 2020.

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EllaLink fibre cable.

"We welcome this opportunity for additional fibre connectivity to our islands and believe this new infrastructure will reinforce the capabilities of Cabo Verde as a strategic telecommunications hub with direct access to Europe and The Americas," said Jose Luis Livramento, CEO at Cabo Verde Telecom.

The EllaLink system will be a 4-fiber-pair submarine cable that is expected to meet the demand and telecommunications traffic needs between Europe and South America. Interestingly, once completed, it will provide the only direct connection between the South America and Europe and branches along the 6,000km route to service customers in Cabo Verde and Madeira.

"This commitment from Cabo Verde Telecom represents another major step for EllaLink towards its construction and a confirmation that improved connectivity between Europe and Latin America is now required. We are also proud to support Cabo Verde Telecom's ambition to grow the country's digital economy," said Alfonso Gajate, Chairman at EllaLink.

This new connectivity to Cabo Verde will enhance the diversity and resilience of the island's telecoms infrastructure by providing a direct route to both Brazil and Portugal, as well as providing access to telecoms capacity that will enable significant growth in internet, cloud computing and 5G services in the region.

The EllaLink system is one of several new fibre cables that go from North and South America to Afrika. Recently in 2018, Angola Cables and its partners announced that the installation of the first direct cable link between Afrika and South America that they are building is nearing completion.