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Brazil to Deploy Submarine Line to Europe to Bypass US Telecoms Networks

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The Brazilian government is to support the deployment of a dedicated submarine cable link with Europe in order to reduce the amount of internet traffic is routed through the USA.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said the USD185 million cable project was essential to ensure the neutrality of the internet and shield communications from US spy agencies.

At the moment, most Brazil-Europe telecoms traffic is routed through the USA to cables that link the UK and USA.

"We have to respect privacy, human rights and the sovereignty of nations. We don't want businesses to be spied upon," Rousseff told a joint news conference with the presidents of the European Commission and the European Council.

The President has already delayed a visit to the USA in protest over the ongoing spy scandals where the NSA routinely tapped into global telecoms networks.

In addition to the claimed benefits of bypassing NSA tapping, the move would also reduce latency for internet connections between the two regions of the world.

The intention is that a joint venture between Brazil's Telebras and Spain's IslaLink Submarine Cables will lay the link, which should be operational late next year. The landing point in Europe will be in Lisbon, Portugal.

Telebras will have a 35 percent stake, IslaLink would have a 45 percent interest and European and Brazilian pension funds could fund the remainder.

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