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Super-fast broadband has reached 25 per cent of Cornwall, says BT

Wednesday, February 29th 2012 by Paul France
The Superfast Cornwall project has reported good progress

Approximately 66,000 premises in Cornwall now have access to super-fast broadband.

The Superfast Cornwall partnership has claimed that 25 per cent of homes and businesses in the county now have access to next-generation broadband services.

It announced that 66,000 Cornish premises can receive super-fast broadband, with the technology now operating in 35 of the 100 telephone exchanges across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Superfast Cornwall is a £132 million partnership between the EU, BT and Cornwall Council that is aiming to bring high-speed fibre optic broadband to at least 80 per cent of premises in the region by 2014.

Up to £78.5 million has been invested in the project by BT, with £53.5 million coming from the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme.

BT's programme director Ranulf Scarbrough said the initiative is making "great progress".

He added: "The fact that we have just brought superfast fibre broadband to communities as far afield as Penzance in the far west, Torpoint in the east and Newquay in the north helps demonstrate the scale and breadth of the rollout."

Mr Scarbrough said Superfast Cornwall is on target to cover 100,000 premises during the spring.

In places where fibre-based solutions are not currently viable, alternatives such as wireless and satellite broadband will be used to extend the coverage.

Nigel Ashcroft, programme director for Superfast Cornwall at the Cornwall Development Company, claimed that more than 200 homes and businesses in the county are signing up to use high-speed broadband each week.

Last month, the partnership announced that super-fast speeds had arrived at St Michael's Mount, one of the most famous landmarks in Cornwall.

The historic island, which lies 366 metres off the Cornish coast and is home to just ten families, now boasts broadband connections of up to 40Mbps.

Superfast Cornwall marked the beginning of 2012 by bringing faster broadband speeds to the communities in and around St Austell, Redruth, Camborne and Callington.

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