The cable will pass through Cape Verde and the island of Madeira, installing a data transmission capacity of 73 terabits per second, the municipality of Sines said in a statement.

The infrastructure, called EllaLink, will be implemented as part of the BELLA (Building European Link to Latin America) project, which brings together European and South American science networks, and will be financed by the European Commission and private funds.

“The installation of the EllaLink cable will allow the development of a new digital and innovation hub in Sines. We are working with the consortium responsible for installing the cable in order to capture technological and digital investment for the municipality, which will contribute to the diversification of our local economy and the creation of a new cluster in Sines,” said the mayor, Nuno Mascarenhas.

According to the mayor, the EllaLink consortium will build the cable reception infrastructure and a data processing station, which will be located in the industrial and logistics park of Sines.