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What’s in a cable landing operation?

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(By Rossana Norman, GÉANT) On the arrival of the cable ship Ile de Bréhat to Fortaleza (Brazil), and the start of the cable landing operation of a section of the EllaLink submarine cable that will connect Europe to Latin America, under the auspices of the EU-funded BELLA Programme, we had the opportunity to interview Jeremie Maillet, VP of Marine Operations for Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN).

EllaLink: all aboard

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In early November 2020 EllaLink started the loading operations, onboard the vessel Ile de Bréhat, of the submarine cable that will enable direct long-term interconnectivity between Europe and Latin America to meet the needs of the R&E communities in both continents, thanks to the EU-funded BELLA Programme. CONNECT (GÉANT’s on-line magazine) spoke with EllaLink to learn more about the loading process and the effects of the pandemic on this specific operation.


BELLA II receives funding from the European Union through the Neighbourhood, Development and International Cooperation Instrument (NDICI), under agreement number 438-964 with DG-INTPA, signed in December 2022. The implementation period of BELLA II is 48 months.


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