A new contract agreement has been signed between the BELLA consortium (Building Europe Link to Latin America) and EllaLink (private consortium) on the launch of a digital highway between Europe and Latin America.
The BELLA consortium, whose leading investor is the European Commission investing around €26.5 million, is composed of 11 European and Latin American research and education networks from Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain, as well as the regional networks RedCLARA, the Latin American research & education network, and GÉANT which is the pan-European research and education network.
The said highway will provide reliable high capacity connectivity in order to boost business, scientific and cultural exchanges between the two continents. The transatlantic-link will also foster the development of a data economy and strengthen links between research and education networks in both continents, enabling new collaborative activities.
The digital highway will be a step ahead in the creation of an EU-Latin America common research area will support innovation and knowledge-sharing.