HUGO (cable system)

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HUGO (High capacity, Undersea Guernsey Optical-fibre[1][dead link]) is a submarine telecommunications cable linking the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, and France.

It has landing points in:

  1. Porthcurno, Cornwall, England, the United Kingdom[2][dead link]
  2. Pembroke, Vale Parish, Guernsey, the Channel Islands[2]
  3. Saints Bay, St Martin Parish, Guernsey, the Channel Islands[2]
  4. Lannion, Côtes-d'Armor, Brittany, France[2]

HUGO East, a separate cable system, includes a direct connection between Jersey and France, and another to Guernsey.[3] HUGO East makes use of the fibre optics within the cable that supplies both Jersey and Guernsey with power.[3][dead link]

In November 2016 a ship, possibly an LPG tanker the "King Arthur", dragging an anchor cut all three communication cables connecting Guernsey to England, just north of Alderney. All Channel Island communications were diverted to using the CIEG and HUGO East connections to France.[4]


  1. ^ "Bringing world class services to Guernsey". Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Phase 2 of Hugo". Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  3. ^ a b "Cable & Wireless invests £2 million to enhance off-island network". Retrieved 2009-11-23. 
  4. ^ "Damage To JT Cables 'Unprecedented'". Island FM. 29 November 2016.