BT deploys fibre broadband to one-third of Cornish properties
More than one-third of homes and businesses in Cornwall have been hooked up to BT's fibre optic broadband service.
The technology is now available to more than 95,000 properties across the county, the telecoms giant revealed, while over 6,000 customers have already signed up.
Orders for fibre optic broadband connections in Cornwall are currently being received at the rate of around 250 per week.
Next-generation connectivity has been at least partially deployed in 52 of the county's 99 home phone exchanges as part of the Superfast Cornwall initiative, a pioneering partnership between BT, Cornwall Council and the EU.
The project is expected to deliver fibre optic broadband to a minimum of 80 per cent of properties in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly by the end of 2014.
Nigel Ashcroft, Superfast Cornwall programme director for Cornwall Development Company, said: "At the start of the programme we set ourselves the ambitious target of rolling out the network to 90,000 Cornish homes and businesses by the end of March [and] we more than achieved that target."
Across the whole of the UK, BT has rolled out fibre optic broadband to more than seven million commercial and residential properties.