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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 Coverage
(change since 9th June 2015)
Area % fibre based % superfast
(over 24 Mbps)
% superfast
(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.


why is always cornwall to get fttp and in favour by bt openreach to target cornwall at all the times?

  • adslmax
  • about 1 year ago

It would be interesting to see what % take each speed on the FTTP say on Camborne & Redruth where there is now a significant sample to look at. Is it possible to do this with your data. This would play into the debate on the next news article with some 'facts' rather than polarised views.

  • jumpmum
  • about 1 year ago

Easy enough,

2% on 300 Mbps tier
14% on something above the 76 Mbps service but below 200 Mbps
Another 16% on up to 76 Mbps
Then gets harder to discern but rest are split between the up to 52 and up 38 Mbps service.

This is a national picture for GEA-FTTP

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

What is interesting is that this is not unlike the VDSL2 split on BT Consumer, where around 30% opt for Infinity 2 based on what we are seeing.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

So ~30% will pay for more than 52Mb
and 16% will pay for more than 76Mb
and ~2% will pay for more than 200Mb.

We could assume that 2% are mainly homeworkers.
Makes V-Fast look correct for today and asks what is the disruptive application of the future wanting more than 200Mb. Or is it the Upload that is driving the higher tiers? (Meaning a 150:50Mb service would be interesting to see takeup on. Or even 76:50Mb)

  • jumpmum
  • about 1 year ago

I live in Penzance, about a mile from the exchange, with cabinets all around. BT are constantly working on the pavement cables. I can only get plain old telephone broadband. My spped is supposed to be 'upto' 24mbs, actual is 11mbs, through talktalk. I stay with talktalk because they are the only firm who give real unlimited.

  • rkcl
  • about 1 year ago

I would be interested to know what rkcl means by "[TalkTalk] are the only firm who give real unlimited". I also live in Penzance and am with Zen (ADSL2+) on unlimited broadband (currently average 14 Mb/s speedtest throughput downstream) and am not aware of any limitations apart from those of ADSL2+. I could get the more expensive FTTP and may do eventually but ironically not FTTC as my 'copper cabinet' is not FTTC enabled.

  • ott-chris
  • about 1 year ago

'real' unlimited is not a preserve of just TalkTalk these days

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

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