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BT Fibre Broadband Coverage in Cornwall Hits 85% Milestone

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 (1:48 am) - Score 423
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The finish line is now in sight after the £132m Superfast Cornwall project in England revealed that BT’s “high-speed fibre optic broadband” (FTTC/P) network had now “reached” 85% of Cornish homes and businesses, which means that they’re on-track to achieve the 95% coverage goal by the end of 2014.

At present over 207,000+ premises are being served by the new network, which requires BT to deploy 130,000km of fibre optic cable throughout the area. The latest update also reveals that the service has been adopted by 41,000 customers, which by our count is roughly double what it was last March 2013 and represents a good level of take-up.

It’s worth pointing out that the project originally aimed to roll-out BT’s network to “at least” 80% of homes and businesses in Cornwall, including the Isles of Scilly, but this was last year expanded to the new figure of 95%.

The scheme is a partnership between the European Union, BT and Cornwall Council that was launched in 2010. The funding balance represents £78.5m from BT and up to £53.5m from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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  1. Avatar JNeuhoff says:

    “BT Fibre Broadband Coverage in Cornwall Hits 85% Milestone”

    I’d be surprised if it even hit 1 percent — wait a moment the article talks about copper VDSL!

    1. Avatar fastman2 says:

      so i assume you wont be wanting it them if and when it turns up in your exchange (brightlingsea) under BDUK them (assuming it does

    2. Avatar FibreFred says:

      Save your fingers, it won’t change its marketing label. You really need to get some new material 😐

    3. Avatar JNeuhoff says:

      We haven’t used BT for years, however, like many poster we are concerned about the waste of taxpayer’s money on dubious schemes like the BDUK.

      As regards the article: The headline is clearly misleading because there is no 85% fibre broadband coverage. Or is everybody ASA brainwashed now? It’s not a high-speed fibre-optic broadband network!

    4. Avatar FibreFred says:

      Apart from a few regular BT haters (who don’t seem to mind Virgin calling their product fibre either) no-one else seems to care

      Its just a marketing term, its been in front of the ASA, the ASA are happy so fibre broadband it is, headline != misleading.

  2. Avatar No clue says:

    Another BT/Goverment project with only 20% take up then.

    1. Avatar FibreFred says:

      Yep, goes to show that level of take up is normal. Cornwall specifically sought out funding off of their own back so the need is there, it just goes to show how gradual the migration is. Good to see there’s no issues.

    2. Avatar No clue says:

      Yep no problem at all 20% take up, 80% clued up enough not to give the BT cartel more cash.

    3. Avatar DTMark says:

      It’s an infrastructure project and an en-masse government funded one at that. In this respect I am not convinced that immediate or short-term take-up is critical given that long term take-up should be near 100%.

      Yes, the ASA is brainwashed along with the government.

      There is no widely available fibre-optic broadband in this country whatsoever.

      At least with cable, you could argue that the last mile being copper is not a stumbling block because of the architecture of the network: that it is copper does not slow it down, which isn’t the case with VDSL.

      But that’s still not fibre-optic broadband either.

      Perhaps people are encouraged to think that “fibre-optic” brings a promise of speed, which it may with FTTH, but not necessarily when it only goes to the local cabinet or 4G mast.

      Like the term “broadband”, it’s pretty meaningless and neither of those terms have a lot to do with actual performance.

    4. Avatar No clue says:

      Shock of shocks a new story on here shows how poor our roll out and take up numbers are and shock of shock billy no mates is still trying to argue everything is fine and FTTC here is brilliant.

  3. Avatar fastman2 says:

    Jneuhooff so who is providing your undelying infrastrcuture to your premises then if its not BT (may not be BT at a service provider) but who is providing at a network level then

    1. Avatar Raindrops says:

      If you are going to demand answers from users Fred please at least spell their ID right.

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