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BELLA in a Nutshell

BELLA (Building the Europe Link with Latin America) provides for the long-term interconnectivity needs of European and Latin American research and education communities.

BELLA will achieve this through the procurement of a long-term Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) for spectrum on a submarine cable between the two regions, minimising latency. BELLA is also developing and deploying a 100Gbps-capable research and education network across Latin America.

BELLA is being implemented by a Consortium of Regional Research and Education Networks GÉANT (Europe) and RedCLARA (Latin America) and the National Research and Education Networks (NREN) of Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain.

Funding for BELLA is provided by the European Union through three European Commission (EC) Directorates (DG-CONNECT, DG-DEVCO and DG-GROWTH) and by the Latin American NREN community.

Research and education networking infrastructure traverses the globe, enabling access to content and resources, connecting people, delivering new experiences, fostering collaboration and enabling interdisciplinary communities to grow. BELLA is a significant addition to this global infrastructure and will bring benefits to many research fields, academics and students. Astronomy research and the Copernicus programme, in particular, will benefit from the deployment of BELLA connectivity.

More widely BELLA will benefit NRENs and the regions of Europe and Latin America in general.

Benefits for researchers, academics and students

  • Wider scope for highly effective collaborations thanks to an immediate 10-fold increase of the current capacity between GÉANT and RedCLARA
  • Cost-effective capacity upgrades over time to match evolving needs
  • The extension of advanced collaborative services (telemedicine, cloud computing, e-learning, etc.) between the two regions
  • Quicker data transmission thanks to reduced latency
  • Greater security due to direct routing between the two regions

Benefits for NREN partners

  • EU funding support for network improvements
  • Better connectivity provided at highly competitive rates
  • Human capacity-building in the form of engineering training

Benefits for Latin America and Europe

  • Supports applications with high societal impact (biodiversity, climate change, earth observation; e.g. Copernicus)
  • Bridges the digital divide and fights the brain drain
  • Supports competitive markets through a more inclusive information society
  • Creates more opportunities for social cohesion and development
  • Accelerates global science and education output

To learn more about the types of research activity that will benefit from BELLA, visit Use Cases.

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  • To obtain Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) of 40 optical channels on a direct submarine cable between Europe and Brazil.
  • To deploy two upgradeable 100Gbps links for:
    • GÉANT-RedCLARA interconnection.
    • Copernicus traffic.

BELLA Partners

 
 

Acknowledgements

EU flag yellowBELLA receives funding from the European Union through the Horizon 2020 programme under grant agreement number 731505 (BELLA-S1), from DG DEVCO under grant agreement LA/2016/376-534 (BELLA-T), and from DG GROW.

 

Contact us

For more information about BELLA please contact:

Europe: info@geant.org

Latin America: RedCLARA_Comunica@redclara.net