At the end of May, the submarine cable of the EllaLink, which connects Fortaleza, in Ceará, to the city of Sines, in Portugal. With the 16th fiber optic cable, the capital of Ceará becomes the place with the highest number of connections with submarine cables the world.

The 16 underwater fiber optic cables in operation are capable of interconnecting Brazil with Africa, Europe, North America, Central America and South America, it is estimated that by the end of 2021, 18 cables will be working in Fortaleza.


“We are transforming Ceará, which was previously just a crossing point for the submarine cables, in a place where technology companies are increasingly investing in data centers, software developers, etc. It's a new economy that gets stronger with the arrival of more cables,” said Julio Cavalcante, member of the State's Secretariat for Economic Development and Labor.

Fortaleza largest submarine cable hub

According to the government of Ceará, the geographic location of the state contributes to the anchoring of submarine cables. Part of the infrastructure has been in place since 2000 and is still active today.

EllaLink manager Rafael Lozano said that the company chose Fortaleza precisely because of the large amount of cables present at the site, which facilitates the connection with other parts of the world.

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With the new cable, the city surpasses Fujairah, in the United Arab Emirates, which until then was tied with the capital of Ceará as the largest submarine cable hub in the world, with 15 connections.

“An entire industry, linked to the telecommunications sector, is very strong here. There are more than ten thousand providers offering data network in Ceará. And this infrastructure attracts datacenters, which attract software companies and expand the business presence in Ceará in an area that we have everything to become the strongest in the north and northeast of Brazil", said the secretary of economic development and labor, Maia Júnior, at the inauguration of the 15th cable.

To learn more about the functioning and importance of submarine cables, check out the special prepared by Olhar Digital.

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