Brazilian Telecommunications firm Telebrás has signed an agreement to build a new R$60m (approximately US$ 29.57m) datacentre facility in the north-eastern coastline city of Praia do Futuro, Fortaleza. It will be the first international facility using wind and solar resources for clean energy. It will also be linked by four of a planned five fibre optic submarine cables, connecting Brazil with the United States, Europe, Mercosur and sub-Saharan Africa.
The new data centre will route all data traffic in Brazil, significantly reducing transportation costs. A space of 9,000 m2 is being made available for the project by the city. The submarine cable project with four links from Fortaleza and one additional pipe running from Santos (SP), will be constructed with finance from state and private partners in Argentina and Uruguay. The current cables at Praia do Futuro have been installed by multinational companies, and the new plan aims to provide greater autonomy. The first link will be from Fortaleza to Jacksonville Florida, with spurs to Cayenne, French Guiana, and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Another section will link Ceará Capital to Africa through Angola's capital, Luanda. The final link to Seixal in Portugal - near the capital Lisbon - will run from Santos Maldonado, Uruguay, with the prospect of a link with Argentina. The agreement provides that the city shares the optical fibre networks and WiMAX, and in return, the network will be expanded by Telebrás Gigafor.