As announced earlier this year, BT is planning to reuse redundant submarine cables to improve connectivity for the Isles of Scilly. It was said that cables running from UK to Ireland and UK to Spain would be reused.
It now emerges that this is thought the redeployment of the out of service Rioja 1 cable which linked Porthcurno to Santander, Spain which has been redundant since 2006.
The cable was cut 15km from shore, and an 85km section recovered from the seabed using cable ship CS Resolute.
The cable was landed at Portcressa beach on the Isles of Scilly on 23rd July 2014 and relaid back to the mainland for reconnection approximately 15km offshore.
Further information in the Kingfisher Bulletin (iss 12, 2014) here.
BT Press release: here.