Cornwall was an early mover on intervention to improve ADSL coverage and now is launching its ambitious plan to take superfast broadband to 99% of premises in the Duchy. The scheme will run from 2016 to 2021, reflecting the amount of labour involved in getting fixed line broadband at superfast speeds to 99% in a very rural part of the UK.
This launch builds on the existing 2017 target of 99% being able to get a fibre based solution and is part of a larger growth package for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. We believe the current live coverage levels to be 89-90% fibre based broadband and due to the wider geographic spread on many cabinets the superfast coverage at 30 Mbps and faster is low at 72%.
Cornwall is already home to a lot of FTTP coverage (~23% of premises), and as the basic FTTC roll-out completes it is likely that more FTTP will be rolled out, as well as other options like FTTrN (Fibre to the remote Node) with the technology choice based largely around which offers the most value for money.