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Cornwall firm becomes 10,000th superfast customer in County
Friday 03 August 2012 12:49:59 by Andrew Ferguson

Cornwall started well ahead of the rest of the UK in the race to bring broadband services into the 21st Century. The BT based roll-out that is part of Superfast Cornwall uses a mixture of FTTC and FTTP, and with the roll-out progressing at a rapid pace the situation is changing weekly.

The 10,000th customer on the new fibre network is Arcol UK who produce and sell power resistors. The service they have is speed testing at around the 92 Mbps mark, and is a full fibre to the premises product, which means the firm already has an upgrade path available to 330 Mbps. The roll-out currently covers some 100,000 properties, which is over a third of the premises in Cornwall.

"Our experience of superfast broadband so far is really superb. The previous broadband line was giving us a download speed of around 1.5 Mbps, whereas our new fibre connection is regularly providing 92 Mbps of data throughput – a colossal difference, which is giving us the ability to do everything much more quickly.

We need to have the ability to constantly reach out to our customers, whether the medium is IP (internet protocol) telephony, video-conferencing or online chat. Superfast broadband has given us many more avenues to cement these important relationships."

Alun Morgan, ARCOL's technical director

The original Cornwall plan called for a high proportion of full fibre (FTTP), so once the roll-out reaches its 2014 targets we will be able to assess how well the goals have been met.

The take-up of superfast services in Cornwall is several percentage points higher than the national UK picture, and a lot of this is down to the local publicity and engagement that the project has, building on the previous work of ActNow.


Posted by cyberdoyle over 5 years ago
So the easy third is done? Great news for those living in it. How many are on fttp, and are the rest getting the full 'upto' 80meg promised? Is someone keeping a check on it all? Is the reason take up is 10% due to the fact the area covered is already close to cabs and exchanges and therefor most of them already have fairly good connections? Have any notspots been done yet? Kudos if they have.
Posted by Kushan over 5 years ago
FTTP and it's getting 92Mbit? I'm guessing FTTP is a 100mbit service currently, then? 92 just seems a bit slow for FTTP.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago

Products range from 40 Meg to 330 Mbps, so depends on what people decide to pay for.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
@cyberdoyle Cannot give a 100% answer on the not-spots, but yes slow spots have been done.

And this firm appears to be on an industrial estate at the very western edge of Truro too.

Posted by undecidedadrian over 5 years ago
The figure of 5-10% of takeup of FTTx services seems to be fairly constant over the whole country.

So no matter what people say speed isn't such a major factor as price is.
Posted by MaddogBattie over 5 years ago
Does anybody have any figures as to what percentage is FTTP? From what I have seen so far, it is all FTTC but I would love to be shown wrong.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 5 years ago
Cannot be all FTTP, as this firm has FTTP. No exact figure, original aim was an even split.

Will get better information in a few weeks.
Posted by TavistockSFB01822 over 5 years ago
Congratulations from Tavistock, Devon 'Gateway to Superfast Cornwall' We were known as the 'Gateway to Cornwall'.
Posted by herdwick over 5 years ago
The 92M is probably down to a 100M wired ethernet connection.
Posted by BBunter over 5 years ago

Take a look at the map at the bottom of this page
Many people have already said they are upgrading the easy to do cabinets first - which I guess is logical and I have no problem with.
But don’t get fooled by the hype.
Only around 55% of the areas listed on the map in Cornwall have ANY access to fibre of any description.
Of those areas that do have access less than 10% have better than 80% coverage and almost 70% of the areas with access have less than 60% coverage.
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