Cornwall has been at the forefront of the fibre product roll-out programme for some time and with over half the homes and businesses in Cornwall already having access to full or partial fibre connection via the Superfast Cornwall project, the project is committing to a better end goal. The original aim was to get an FTTC or FTTP service available to 80% of premises but savings generated in the roll-out so far are going to allow this target to be raised to a 95% coverage figure.
"This announcement is a major step forward for Cornwall. It means that tens of thousands more Cornish businesses and households will have access to high-speed fibre broadband than was originally expected.
Superfast Cornwall was designed to bring maximum benefit to the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, providing a lasting legacy which would boost the local economy for many years to come. The success of the programme shows what can be achieved when the public and private sectors work effectively together. We are not just achieving our ambitions, but finding ways to go even further."Nigel Ashcroft, Superfast Cornwall programme director for Cornwall Development Company
Superfast services have been purchased by around 20,000 customers from the over thirty retailers in the area. Cornwall has around 250,000 homes and 20,000 businesses, with over half of these having access to a fibre based service, we get a rough take-up figure of 14%.
Cornwall has led the way, in terms of trailblazing various options for how both FTTC and FTTP can be deployed in the UK, and with savings being used to push coverage further it may show the way for the other local authority projects that so far have signed contracts with BT.