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Rural Affairs Minister to launch 99% superfast project in Cornwall
Thursday 29 January 2015 10:20:31 by Andrew Ferguson

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.


Posted by TheEulerID over 2 years ago
So a minister is appearing to launch a process that's already well underway.

Remind me, is there an election coming?

nb. not that I'm knocking what looks like a good project. Just that I'm expecting a lot of politicians to turn up at perceived successes in the run up to May.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 2 years ago
Its another large stage that was awaiting approval of spending by council.

If Cornwall can do 99% via fixed line then no real reason other areas cannot, just timescale is the issue.
Posted by chilting over 2 years ago
Great news but we still have villages with two to three hundred residents that have been totally missed by BDUK here in West Sussex.
Posted by 8skellerns over 2 years ago
How can cornwall aim for 99% when the rest of the uk especially the forgotten midlands cant?
Posted by cyberdoyle over 2 years ago
BT got something over £400 million for cornwall didn't they? Going off the forums and the disgruntled people they are a long way from achieving their targets. Once its complete it would be very interesting to find out how many are still left on the wrong side of the digital divide, or even worse, fobbed off with expensive subsidised satellites they can't afford the data charges for.
Posted by andrew (Favicon staff member) over 2 years ago
If BT have been paid £400m for cuurent delivered coverage in Cornwall then I'd to see the evidence for the amounts, that would be over £1200 of gap funding for every premise in County.

In short I believe it is a baseless scaremongering figure
Posted by Gadget over 2 years ago
The BBC seem to have a completely different figure, at least for the first phase

where £130m is quoted of which £53.5m is from sources other than BT
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