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Cornwall now has fibre products available to a third of properties

Cornwall which announced its partnership with BT to bring superfast broadband to the area in September 2010 has hit a key milestone in the projects roll-out. The fibre products are now available to 95,000 Cornish homes and businesses, which is one third of all the premises in the county.

Take-up of the services sits at around the 6,000 mark, and orders are being received at a rate of 250 per week. If a similar pattern happens as did with the original ADSL roll-outs, this demand should increase significantly once coverage hits over half of the properties in the county.

"Superfast broadband is fantastic news for our business. It is saving the business time and money and changing the way we live and work. This is a fast growing and fast changing marketplace and now we have superfast broadband we can really take advantage of all the opportunities to grow the business.

Customers often send us videos they have taken using our cameras and we upload videos to YouTube and other social media. It used to take a couple of hours. Now we can upload and download videos in a fraction of the time.

We are also able to use cloud computing for applications, such as backing up our data on-line. Increasingly, we are exporting our products around the globe and superfast broadband means we can make more use of video conferencing and Skype to connect with our customers overseas and provide a more personal customer service."

Mark Nelson, owner of DogCam

The eventual target of the project is to offer fibre based services to 80% of properties, with wireless and satellite services covering the final 20%. Cornwall has been used as a testbed for 4G and white space wireless services so far, so even those areas that get a wireless service should receive a service in excess of the speeds that current generation ADSL can provide.


Cornwall of all places? Seriously? How many businesses are based there? Dish out fibre to an upcoming and vibrant city such as nottingham or derby. Bloody cornwall.

  • kunjar
  • over 8 years ago

Cornwall because the council there started on this project design/planning before 2010 announcement. In short other areas could be at this stage if they had wanted.

Also with its access to EU Objective One funding it has an advantage.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 8 years ago

kunjar - do Nottingham and Derby have VM?

  • Somerset
  • over 8 years ago

Hello Welsh Assembly Government... I realise that the M4 corridor encourages tunnel vision.. but much of the REAL West Wales would like more than 8 megs... Fibre is something that we are only likely to see in our diet...

If a mere county can have 33% of properties served by Fibre.. how come our devolved administration is still only talking about what they would like to do? or are they looking at how much more moeny they can throw around the M4 while the rest of Wales festers on below 8 megs?

  • warweezil
  • over 8 years ago

Warweezil - BT are believed to be the sole remaining bidder for the Wales NGA Broadband tender. No suprise there then.

  • Enrico21
  • over 8 years ago

Actually, this is a bit of spin. (I happen to have a friend who is in the know.)

The numbers being given are the number of subscribers connected to the enabled exchanges and NOT those able to be supplied by those exchanges. There are *VERY* few actual cabinets installed so far, and those only in the easiest and most economic areas.

  • mrod
  • over 8 years ago

mrod-Superfast Broadband Cornwall have advised me that the figures used are for lines connected to enabled cabinets.

Superfast Cornwall wrote: "Hi George, it's "b": the number of lines that are connected to enabled cabinets. Exchanges obviously have a lot more lines connected to them, but we're only counting those in the parts of exchange areas that actually have coverage as yet. Hope that makes sense."

  • geo12
  • over 8 years ago

I am connected to an 'enabled exchange' I get 0.15mbs!!!

Enquiries to Superfast Broadband have got nowhere. They have no idea when or even if my cabinet is going to be connected. They are only doing the cabinets that are easy to do and the rest of us get vague promises of 'future' technologies. I happen to know that the reason they have not done our cabinet is that the duct is too small for the fibre. EU money could have been used to level the playing field in these situations. Perhaps they have not heard of the 'future technology' of digging up the road and laying a duct!!

  • rogerwedlake
  • over 8 years ago

Hang your head in shame West Sussex CC. You are still just talking about what might be possible and BT ain't interested at all. I am paying £60 per month for a bonded line just to get 1.8 Meg for my rural business. Peter from West Chiltington.

  • chilting
  • over 8 years ago

Certainly in south Cornwall, everyone has been leafletted by BT 'Do you want superfast fibre? If enough people sign up now you'll get it. If not - you won't'. Seems simple enough.

  • clive4
  • over 8 years ago

The county of Cornwall which is 41st out of 47 counties in terms of population density gets a wide scale fibre rollout, yet medium to large towns elsewhere in the UK like my home town of Uttoxeter are not even on the plan?

Give me a break BT.

  • ryster
  • over 8 years ago

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