BT have announced that they have connected their 1,000th customer to their super-fast broadband service in Cornwall. The 'Superfast Cornwall' project that is being deployed in the region includes funding from both Europe, the Cornwall Development Company and BT. £132 million of investment is being used to deliver fibre-based broadband to at least 80 percent of homes using fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP/FTTH) technology. The 1,000th customer was an upholstery business who can see many benefits to the new technology.
"Upholstery is a traditional craft that has been in decline, but we believe we can use superfast broadband to grow our business and to help pass on our skills to a new generation. The technology will help us update and maintain our new website in a flash and make more use of video in our marketing.
And, very importantly, it will revolutionise the way we can communicate with our customers, some of whom live in London. We will be able to use on-line video calls to maintain a more personal relationship with them and even show them fabrics and work in progress on their furniture.
In fact, the technology is helping us to improve all our business operations. Superfast broadband allows us to order supplies on-line and carry out internet-based research far more quickly; and now new state-of-the-art 'cloud computing' applications, such as back-up of our files and records on-line, become much more viable."Tristan Kimber, business owner
Around 50 of the 100 exchanges in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are scheduled to be upgraded by autumn 2012. The new service will bring speeds of up-to 40meg broadband to many with, some who will be connected via FTTH, able to access services at up to 100meg. Around 20% of the county will have to look at other methods of getting online, which will include wireless and satellite technologies.
So far, eight exchanges have received upgrades which includes St Agnes, St Day, Portreath, Devoran, Leedstown, Stenalees, Three Waters (Chiverton Cross Area) and Par. Around 80% of people in these areas should now have access to fibre-based broadband. More details about the roll-out and scheme in general can be found at the programme website www.superfastcornwall.org.