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The ELLA Project

The ELLA (Feasibility Study for a direct Europe Link with Latin America) project is funded under the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union for analysing the feasibility of a submarine communications cable linking Europe and Latin America that would improve collaboration between research and education communities in these countries and bring down connectivity costs. This would provide a direct connection via west Africa, thus releasing users from dependence on existing North Atlantic infrastructures connecting the US and Canada with Europe.

The study has led to the conclusion that the new cable is technically and economically feasible and extremely desirable from the political and strategical point of view.

The project team is now actively working to secure support for achieving its goals, making it possible to create a consortium to build the cable.

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