Cornwall starts it next phase of superfast broadband roll-out
Cornwall has been the poster child for fibre to the premises technology within Openreach for some time now and with 31.5% of premises having native FTTP available it is no wonder why. The next phase of the roll-outs in Cornwall has started and some 1,450 homes and businesses have benefited in 25 parts of the county so, with work targeting a further 8,000 premises by early 2018.
Tregony; North Tamerton; Lanivet; Carkeel; Brighton, near Rumford; Golitha Rise and Heathlands Business Park, Liskeard; Four Lanes and Sandy Lane near Redruth; Connor Downs near Camborne; Tresean/Treworgans, near Crantock; Trevelmond and Pengelly, near Dobwalls; Lanjeth near St Austell; Stoke Climsland; Widegates; Turfdown, Helland and Treffry, near Bodmin;Trebetherick; No Mans Land, Lower Clicker and Morval, near Widegates; Latchbrook, Saltash; and Fraddon.Communities benefitting from latest Superfast Cornwall roll-out
While Cornwall may have the highest proportion of FTTP of any county in the UK there is still a lot of VDSL2, hence the difference between fibre based coverage and coverage levels at the superfast speed definitions.
|thinkbroadband analysis of Cornwall Superfast
(change since 9th June 2015)
|Area||% fibre based||% superfast
(over 24 Mbps)
(30 Mbps and faster)
|% cable||% Openreach FTTP||% Under 2 Mbps USC||% Under 10 Mbps USO|
|Cornwall||96.5%||87.6%||86% (+12.2)||2.5%||31.52% (+7.2)||1.6%||6.2%|
|Camborne & Redruth||96.9%||89.1%||87.7% (+7.1)||0%||39.35% (+8.15)||1%||4.4%|
|Isles of Scilly||99%||93.1%||90.7% (+6.3)||0%||0%||0%||4.4%|
|North Cornwall||95.1%||83.2%||82.3% (+20.1)||0%||33.46% (+12.66)||3.1%||10%|
|South East Cornwall||96.1%||83.2%||80.8% (+13.2)||15.2%||15.78% (+6.28)||2.5%||9.9%|
|St Austell & Newquay||96.9%||90%||88.4% (+9)||0%||24.77% (+4.17)||1.1%||4.1%|
|St Ives||96.7%||88.7%||86.3% (+8.8)||0%||37.45% (+3.55)||0.7%||5.3%|
|Truro & Falmouth||97.1%||91.3||90.2% (+14.2)||0%||38.15% (+9.55)||1.1%||3.9%|
We don't know what the technology split will be for further 8,000 premises, but the given the level of change in GEA-FTTP coverage in the last 18 months it looks likely that more pure fibre will appear. The 8,000 is around 3.3% of the county so there is actually potential to eliminate all the sub 2 Mbps premises but whether value for money criteria will allow this is something that will only emerge after the detailed planning. Infill VDSL2 cabinets and FTTP may also make a more frequent appearance thus helping those who have seen their cabinet upgraded already but due to distance have not already benefited.