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Superfast Cornwall increasing target to 95% fibre coverage

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.


Amazing to see what a mere county has achieved. The 2nd division politicians at Cardiff bay should hang thier heads in shame when you look at the poor state of broadband in general in Wales, and the strange pattern of the BDUK roll out that looks almost political in method...

I guess the answer is to kick the current occupants out of Cardiff bay and ask Cornwall's County Councilors to run Wales, I'm sure in general they would do a generally better job than those we are saddled with at the moment

  • warweezil
  • over 7 years ago

As i've said before, Kudos to Cornwall Gov for jumping through all the hoops to get £53m in EU funding and getting BT to cough up another £78m (I guess they're 3rd div in gov tables, district and city being 4th and parish being conference?)

  • themanstan
  • over 7 years ago

Coverage figures and homes passed say one message. Actual homes connected say another, and speeds at the end of long lines to cabinets say yet another. What we really need is some accurate data. We remember well that BT said 99.8% of uk has 'access to broadband' though if that were the case there wouldn't have been a billion in funding given to them to take it to the other 0.2% would there? I think the 95% figure will cover up the same shortfalls as the adsl figures.

  • cyberdoyle
  • over 7 years ago

So should the providers hold people hostage until they sign a new contract to take the fibre services when it is rolled out in an area?

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • over 7 years ago

Well, I've always assumed we'd be in the 10% but they're digging up the road where there's a pavement and they've just put in a new telegraph pole (about 10m from the current one) so it looks like we may be about to join the 21st century! What is this iPlayer thing I've heard about...?

  • andygegg
  • over 7 years ago

cyberdoyle, you can't make people buy the service, only make it available.

  • GMAN99
  • over 7 years ago

Cornwall has more than its fair share of remote locations. Other counties should hang their head in shame.

  • professor973
  • over 7 years ago

I'm sure you'd agree that the JFDI attitude in Cornwall is commendable, their ambition to include virtually every property in the county in the fibre broadband deployment an example to the rest of the country. I think it's great to see them press ahead, even overcoming obstacles like the Atlantic Ocean to connect up the Isles of Scilly - perhaps you should contract them to sort out the viaduct problem you're struggling with as they seem to have the fibre to get things done! ;)

  • New_Londoner
  • over 7 years ago

BT+EU = Job going well, let's aim even higher.

BDUK = Barely started. Pretty much failed to meet the target even before they'd started.

There are lessons to be learnt here and they seem to be:

a) Ditch the UK government.
b) Sign with BT upfront and just get on with it.

  • AndrueC
  • over 7 years ago

So there maybe hope for me yet. My cabinet has been enabled but the cable length is too long to be of use. If they could just bring fibre into the village and then share it from there then that would be fantastic.

  • MaddogBattie
  • over 7 years ago

Most of the BDUK/BT projects have been cautious with initial fibre coverage commitments. I expect most will announce an increase in their percentage coverage as the projects progress over the next year or two.

  • desouzr
  • over 7 years ago

Congrats to Nigel and team - getting from 80%-98%, although the mix of FTTC and FTTP will have changed. It just shows how room BT is cutting itself within the Framework. It's own number for commercial rollout 18months and comfortably within budget show the FTTC overlay is cheap.

If we understood how cheap, then no-one would be concerned that this might block the path to FTTP.

A dpublished itemisation of the source of the savings, and what has changed would be helpful to the rest of the UK.

  • ValueforMoney
  • over 7 years ago

I hope Nigel demands some exchanges to be 100% FTTP so the copper costs can be removed and debited against his account.

That c£60m across 250k premises suggests he looks to have the headroom to do it. With BDUK Framework at c£250 premise past, then same outcome should be possible in all counties. Think what could be achieved if there was more throuough cost transparency.

  • ValueforMoney
  • over 7 years ago

Sorry 98% - that's what it will be.

  • ValueforMoney
  • over 7 years ago

Now lets get some decent companies to move there so we can all have fibre and have decent jobs

  • jchannon
  • over 7 years ago

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