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Portugal inaugurates EllaLink transatlantic submarine cable

Christian Fernsby |
In the city of Sines in southern Portugal, the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union (EU) inaugurated on Tuesday EllaLink, the first direct high-speed submarine optical cable connection between Europe and South America.

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Topics: PORTUGAL   

Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa stressed the strategic importance of this new system and the privileged geographical position of Portugal as a point of connection with other continents.

"In the digital age, the dematerialization of space means that there is neither a center nor a periphery. But you cannot build this without the existence of infrastructure," he said.

Costa pointed out that Portugal's geographical position makes it the "gateway, the point of connection and bridge between Europe and the other continents. This is what makes Portugal different in Europe in the past, present and future."

He said that the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU has three fundamental priorities: "Economic recovery, the affirmation of the pillar of social rights and the affirmation of the strategic autonomy of a Europe open to the world."

EllaLink is considered by the Portuguese Presidency to be essential infrastructure for digital interconnection and data transmission between the two continents.

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