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Superfast Cornwall UK Project Tweaks its BT Fibre Broadband Figures Down

Monday, Jul 22nd, 2013 (1:17 pm) - Score 950

The £132m Superfast Cornwall project, which is working to make BT’s fibre optic based broadband ISP technology (FTTC/P) available to 95% of local premises by the end of 2014, has today revised its current coverage figures down to 182,000 premises from the 190,000 reported during early June 2013.

As a result BT’s previous June 2013 claim to have “made the high-speed technology available to 190,000 Cornish premises – 75 per cent of the total” has now also been revised to a more statistically safe “more than 70 per cent of the total“. Clearly somebody in the providers non-existent department for mathematical accuracy and rounding excellence jumped the gun a bit.

The good news though is that the “historic villages” of Boscastle (also famous for a huge flood that nearly destroyed it a few years ago) and Tintagel are among the latest Cornish communities to get connected. Locals in Boddinnick, Constantine Bay, Mount, Morwenstow, Sennen Cove, St Kew Highway, Whitstone and Zelah (around 2,500 premises overall) have also just got access to the new service.

Ranulf Scarbrough, BTs Superfast Cornwall Programme Director, said:

The arrival of fibre broadband in these smaller communities demonstrates the progress achieved by the partnership. We are bringing world class communications to more and more small, rural villages in the county as well as increasing availability in major communities, such as Truro, Bodmin, Redruth and Penzance.

The pace of the roll-out programme is matched by continuing strong demand with more than 28,000 Cornish homes and businesses already using fibre broadband.”

It’s worth pointing out that the new total of active subscribers (28,000) represents a steady increase from the 24,000 previously reported in May 2013. Superfast Cornwall is funded by £78.5m from BT and up to £53.5m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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