3 December 2014
Response to GCHQ GERONTIC NIGELLA Bases Eyed
I read the posting "GCHQ GERONTIC NIGELLA Bases Eyed"
and looked up those suggested cable stations. Here's what I found so
The bungalow-like cable station in Polgigga (50.056, -5.6631) is also described
in this article on a weblog called "Uk Submarine Cable Landings & Cable
There it's said: "This cable landing station is believed to have been initially
built for the Gemini submarine cable landing at nearby Porthcurno which commenced
service in 1988. It is understood that the Hugo cable now terminates
The HUGO cable is not on any of the recently disclosed lists of cables where
GCHQ has or want access to. This cable only connects to Guernsey (with a
separate extension to France), so the foreign intelligence value of its traffic
can be considered very low.
The similar building at Bosvine Farm, Sennen (50.0747, -5.6848) is
also mentioned on the same weblog here:
There it's said: "By process of elimination, this is most likely the cable
landing station for the ESAT-1 cable which has landfall at Whitesands Bay.
The Cable entered service in 1999. In 2000 Esat Telecom was purchased
by BT, now called BT Ireland."
The GCHQ Cable Master List mentions no Landing Partner for the ESAT-1 cable
(which only connects to Ireland), and probably as such it is listed under
"Cables we do not currently have good access"
So far, these two very similar looking cable stations are apparently for
two very different cables, and therefore it seems they have nothing to do
with the FLAG cables and their terminus station in Skewjack where GCHQ does
have access to.