Cornwall was ahead of the curve starting its superfast broadband roll-out and was underway well before any of the BDUK projects, so hitting the 90% milestone for premises that had access to some form of fibre based broadband in April 2014 was no surprise to us.
A figure we have chased for a number of times has now emerged thanks to the tweet bus that tours Cornwall promoting all things Cornish. They have published a figure of 62,000 premises that have FTTP/FTTH available to them, to avoid any doubt this means premises where the fibre has been deployed to the final manifold, which will be in a pavement chamber or up a pole within a few metres of each property.
Many may doubt this figure, but Cornwall has long held ambitions for a high proportion of FTTP and our own checks today produce a figure within a couple of thousand of this total. In the areas where native FTTP is available it is available at speeds of 40, 80, 110, 220 and 330 Mbps, whereas areas that already have FTTC only have the option of the expensive fibre on demand service at a speed of 330 Mbps. Crucially with native FTTP, the pricing and presentation to the broadband provider is identical to the FTTC services on the 40/10 and 80/20 GEA-FTTP products.
The FTTP coverage is spread across 58 exchanges, with over half of it concentrated in seven larger exchanges, Penzanze, Cambourne, Redruth, Falmouth, Helston and Truro. Sennen Cove (TR19 7DF) may be host to the most westerly FTTP enabled location in England.