The 6 thousand kilometer long submarine cable that connects Brazil and Portugal (and therefore Europe) is called EllaLink. The completion of the project is a step forward in the EU strategy designed to give the Old Continent greater control over global Internet traffic. The EllaLink connection “will be secure, it will be fast, and if we are serious about making this the digital decade, this is exactly the kind of project we should be investing in,” he said. Pekka Lundmark, managing director of Nokia, one of the partner companies of the project started in 2015 and inaugurated earlier this month.
Data control and the Denmark case
The ignition of the interoceanic submarine connection came in conjunction with the controversy over who actually controls the cables carrying data from one continent to another. Recently, it has become news in the public domain that the US intelligence services, with the permission of Denmark, have had access to the data passing through the maxi cables, including communications from the main European political leaders.
The importance of the theme is destined to grow. In fact, underwater networks handle most of the world’s data traffic and have become essential to ensure the smooth functioning of platforms for web services and users. The ‘masters of steam’ of the web, starting with the Americans of Google and Facebook, have invested billions of dollars in increasing the data transmission capacity and, according to international reports, China is also building its own network.
L’Ue punta su Nokia
Reasons that prompted MEPs to ask for the imposition of additional IT security requirements on operators who control these infrastructures to avoid illegal wiretapping and network sabotage by countries interested in interfering in the affairs of European states. Finally, the EU digital agenda includes a strategy for controlling the networks to be obtained also with the support of the only European producer of large-scale technology: the Finnish telecommunications giant Nokia, which in fact participated in the development of the connection between Brazil. and the European Union.