#BELLA project: A new digital data highway will bring Europe and Latin America closer

| January 9, 2019

The contract to construct a fibre optic cable running under the Atlantic Ocean that will connect Latin America and Europe is now in force. This new transatlantic cable is scheduled to be ready for use in 2020 and will run between Portugal and Brazil. It will provide high broadband connectivity, advancing business, scientific and cultural exchanges between the two continents.

A key participant in the project is the BELLA (Building the Europe Link to Latin America) Consortium, an international partnership of research and education networks whose leading investor is the European Commission with a contribution of approximately €26.5 million from Horizon 2020Copernicus, and the regional Development Cooperation Instrument.

International Cooperation and Development Commissioner Neven Mimica, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska,Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner Mariya Gabriel and  Digital Economy and Society Commissioner Carlos Moedas said in a joint statement: “Latin America and Europe have never been so closely connected: we are pleased to see this intercontinental cable becoming a reality. The new digital highway will support innovation for improved earth observation services, be a step forward in the creation of an EU–Latin America common research area, and tackle Latin America’s digital divide with Europe and within the region, with potential for even more collaboration in the years to come. This project also reflects the EU’s commitment to work together with Latin America towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.”

In addition to facilitating collaboration in areas such as cloud computing, telemedicine, business and research and education communities this new undersea connection will bolster the uptake of earth observation data and enable new scientific discoveries. Furthermore, it will support further interconnectivity among Latin American countries.

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