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Montevideo, December 14th 2017 - 02:34 UTC

Brazil and Spain lay direct subsea cable rerouting communications to avoid US bugging

Wednesday, April 26th 2017 - 11:41 UTC
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The EllaLink subsea cable will connect to data centers in Madrid and São Paulo, as well as in Lisbon, using shielded fiber rings, officials said The EllaLink subsea cable will connect to data centers in Madrid and São Paulo, as well as in Lisbon, using shielded fiber rings, officials said
Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy said the venture to build the first subsea fiber optic cable linking Europe to Brazil should help improve data security and privacy Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy said the venture to build the first subsea fiber optic cable linking Europe to Brazil should help improve data security and privacy
The idea gained traction four years after ex Brazilian President Rousseff and other officials were target of personal and economic espionage by U.S. agencies. The idea gained traction four years after ex Brazilian President Rousseff and other officials were target of personal and economic espionage by U.S. agencies.

The Spanish and Brazilian governments have teamed up to lay an undersea cable in the Atlantic Ocean to offer fast online and cloud services to citizens of both countries by 2019, underscoring efforts to rout communications outside North America.

 The EllaLink subsea cable will connect to data centers in Madrid and São Paulo, as well as in Lisbon, using shielded fiber rings, officials said this week. The cable will also connect the archipelagoes of Madeira, Spain's Canary Islands and Africa's Cape Verde along the route, they added.

At an event in São Paulo, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the venture to build the first subsea fiber optic cable linking Europe to Brazil should help improve data security and privacy by routing calls and internet navigation outside the reach of the United States.

The idea gained traction almost four years after former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and other officials were target of personal and economic espionage by U.S. intelligence agencies.

Documents leaked by former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden in 2013 showed the U.S. National Security Agency had tapped Rousseff's telephone calls and those of millions of other Brazilians.

The 9,200 km-long, 72-terabytes-per-second- capacity subsea cable is about seven times the size of existing communications capacity between Latin America and the rest of the world, said Alfonso Gajate, president of EulaLink, one of the partners in the venture. No cost estimates were provided.

The only existing direct link between Europe and South America is a 20-Gb copper cable laid in 1999 by a consortium of voice operators.

Categories: Politics, Brazil, International.

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  • DemonTree

    I bet the US finds a way to bug it anyway. But it will still be good for South America if it improves connection speeds to Europe.

    Apr 27th, 2017 - 05:53 pm +1
  • Clyde15

    Another enigmatic video with nothing to do with the subject.

    I am sure the USA has the technology to “bug” this cable if they wish to do so.

    Apr 27th, 2017 - 06:07 pm +1
  • The Voice

    Neandertroll, “there will now be a short interruption while MI5 inserts the tee junction connected to GCHQ!”

    Apr 27th, 2017 - 06:29 pm +1
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