BT have announced further details of the roll-out of super-fast broadband to Cornwall, with over half of exchanges expected to be enabled within 18 months. The area is to receive faster broadband through a joint partnership with BT, the European Union, Cornwall Council and Cornwall Development Company with funding from Europe providing its largest ever grant for broadband.
17 exchanges will be upgraded by March 2012 with a further 26 planned for completion by Autumn 2012. This will include a mix of both fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) which can provide download speeds of up to 40meg and also fibre-to-the-home/premesis (FTTH/P) which offers speeds of up to 100meg. The original announcement of the project suggested that full fibre penetration will reach around 50% of homes and businesses that are within an upgraded area (about 40% of all of Cornwall). There will however be some gaps in the super-fast broadband rollout which will later be filled in using technologies such as wireless.
"This is an ambitious and visionary programme that will put Cornwall at the forefront of super-fast broadband connectivity. It will create new opportunities for everyone in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, giving our businesses a competitive edge as well as opening new doors for people of every age and background. Super-fast broadband has the power to transform every aspect of life in Cornwall, including healthcare, lifelong learning and the way we all work and play."Sally David, (Chief Executive) BT Wholesale
Exchanges upgraded by March 2012 will be: Bodmin, Bude, Callington, Camborne, Falmouth, Gunnislake, Kilkhampton, Lanivet, Launceston, Liskeard, Marazion, Penryn, Porthtowan, Redruth, St Austell, Truro and Widemouth Bay.
Exchanges upgraded by Autumn 2012: Downderry, Fowey, Fraddon, Grampound Road, Hayle, Landrake, Lanreath, Looe, Lostwithiel, Mevagissey, Millbrook, Nanpean, Penzance, Polperro, Rilla Mill, Roche, St Germans, St Ives, St Just, St Mawgan, St Tudy, Stithians, Torpoint, Tregony, Week St Mary and Widegates
More details about the programme can be found at the superfast cornwall website.