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BELLA: Ensuring Future Connectivity between EU and Latin America

This presentation will provide an overview of an innovative initiative to provide for the long-term sustainability and scalability of connectivity for R&E collaborations involving Europe and Latin America. Known as BELLA (Building the Europe Link with Latin America), the project aims to obtain, implement and operate a significant fraction of the optical spectrum, during its entire lifetime, of a submarine optical fibre cable between Europe and Latin America. BELLA will also complete and operate the terrestrial optical fibre network infrastructure of RedCLARA. The subjects that will be covered in the presentation will include background on how the BELLA concept arose, a description of the structure of BELLA and how it is funded, the current status of BELLA work and next steps, and finally an overview of the lessons learned so far in the implementation of BELLA.

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