At a cost of $500m by a Cable & Wireless (Mercury Communications) and Worldcom joint venture with a capacity of 60Gb/s Gemini South, runs between Manasquan, New Jersey and Porthcurno in Cornwall, terminating at Aylesbury Street in London. Gemini North installed between Charlestown, Rhode Island and Oxwich Bay in Wales. terminating at Bracknell, London.
In 2004 the cable was decommissioned because the terminal transmission technology became obsolete so each end was recycled for other projects such as HUGO (cable system) and projects connecting Bermuda, Tortola and Jamaica to the United States.
The site now handles Vodafone’s HUGO cable to Guernsey & France. Providers Sure, JT & BT use this cable. In 2015 security was stepped up, after a news reporter broke into two near by cable landing stations.
In 2017, Vodafone installed the first ever mini 4G base station at Porthcurno offering 200Mbps of broadband by linking it to the network at Tretheway.
Built in: 1998
Built By: Cable & Wireless
Gemini South (Decommissioned)
Capacity: 60 Gb/s