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Cornwall UK Start Phase 2 Roll-out of Superfast Broadband to 8000+ Premises

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016 (12:19 pm) - Score 1,158

The £7.6m follow-on Superfast Cornwall contract, which is working with Openreach (BT) to expand the local availability of “superfast broadband” (30Mbps+) to at least another 8,600 premises by “early 2018“, has finally begun its roll-out. So far 1,450 premises in 25 communities have been reached.

The original £132m contract, which was supported by £78.5m from BT and up to £53.5m from Europe (ERDF), has already deployed “fibre broadband” (FTTC/P) services to 95% of the region / 255,500 premises (NOTE: nearly 90% of Cornish premises receive speeds of 30Mbps+). More than 80,000 of the extra premises have also been covered by Openreach’s ultrafast Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) network.

However over 30,000 premises in Cornwall (England) are still unable to receive “superfast” speeds and so a second Superfast Extension Programme (SEP) contract was signed in June 2015 (here), which is funded by £2.96m from Broadband Delivery UK, £1.878m from the Council, £1m from a Growth Deal, £500,000 from the Regional Growth Fund and £1.23m from BT.

The good news is that Cornwall’s SEP contract recently entered the deployment phase, with some 25 communities already seeing a benefit.

Communities Benefiting from Latest Roll-out:

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.

Cornwall’s longer term goal is to reach 99% coverage of 30Mbps+ superfast broadband by 2020 and the follow-on contract above won’t be able to deliver that, thus there are already plans for a third “Superfast 2” programme that could be worth up to £16.25m (details).

The related Superfast 2 contract is expected to be agreed by the end of March 2017 and the council has signalled that they’ll also include support for alternative network providers. Some initial information suggests that Contract 2 might be able to reach another 8,000 premises, which would still leave a fair gap left to jump in order to hit the 99% coverage aspiration.

Ranulf Scarbrough, BT’s Superfast Cornwall Director, said:

“Superfast Cornwall has already made Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly the envy of rural areas across Europe. Now this latest phase includes some of the most challenging locations in the county. It shows our commitment to making faster broadband as widely available as possible. Superfast broadband is already making an important contribution to the economic success of this area because, whatever you do online, you can do it better with fibre broadband.”

Julian German, Cornwall Council, said:

“Cornwall Council remains committed to the challenging target of ensuring that every property has access to fast, reliable broadband, and these latest areas to be enabled represent another step forward into some of the most challenging rural parts of Cornwall.”


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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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25 Responses
  1. Dave says:

    Well this old news!. Nothing has changed from a year ago. People who can get broadband are now begining upgraded to even faster broadband and people with no broadband and are to wait until 2020 to be offered nothing but Satellite.
    What a waste of money!

    1. gerarda says:

      That apparently is how value for money is defined in this superfarce.

    2. New_Londoner says:

      @Dave, Gerarda
      I know its unfashionable to trouble ourselves with facts, evidence etc, but I have to say that these do not support your comments. The reality is that 92% of UK premises can now access Superfast broadband, with under 4% limited to under 10Mbps. Both stats continue to improve.

      Let’s not follow the trend of fake news when there is good news under our noses.

    3. AndyH says:

      @ Gerarda – How is this not value for money in your view? Who else could have provided the superfast broadband for less than the £7.6m contract?

    4. gerarda says:

      Hundreds of thousands of people still with sub 2Mbps lines after 6 years while 60-70% of those provided with superfast don’t want it. How is that a sensible use of public money?

    5. TheFacts says:

      @gerarda – so you would rollout to only those who wanted superfast?

    6. AndyH says:

      I guess by this logic, we shouldn’t build roads because not everyone has a car. We shouldn’t build rail lines because not everyone wants to travel by rail. We shouldn’t build hospitals because not everyone is sick..

    7. gerarda says:

      By the logic of the BDUK process you address the housing crisis by improving houses which may or may not be overcrowded instead of building new houses for those on the street. You may think that is value for money as it give much more additional housing for the same money, but I doubt if the guy under the arches or the family in B&B would agree

  2. fastman says:

    Dave so where are you in the country and what are your options – as there will be some -it depends if you want to do something about it with your community or not

  3. fastman says:

    gerada — really — Hundreds of thousands of people still with sub 2Mbps lines after 6 years while 60-70% of those provided with superfast don’t want it.

    Gerada big disconnect on your reasoning as payment is only made on premises in BDUk that get Greater than 24 /mpbs so I’m very sure that bDUk and the Counties wanted it

    where the commercial programme went is neither here nor there as it was private monies (and not public)

    think your the repicient of SEP money — ?

    1. gerarda says:

      Big disconnect on your reasoning as BDUK decided what the counties could have – even if they wanted, as Suffolk did, the opposite priorities

  4. fastman says:

    gerada – really Hundreds of thousands of people still with sub 2Mbps lines !!! can you prove that or is that more “deliberate misinformation”

    1. gerarda says:

      0.78% are still on sub 2Mpbs lines according to think broadband- 0.78% of 65million = 507,000.

      As someone who supported the use of “universally available” if an exchange was ADSL enabled and of “premises passed” is a cabinet was enabled you do have some front of accusing me of misinformation

    2. AndyH says:

      There are not 65 million premises in the UK.

      Try 29 million as this is the number widely used.

    3. gerarda says:


      And each of of those 29 million premises has just one occupant???

  5. AndyH says:

    I guess you should perhaps read the methodology for the data you have quoted.

    “Coverage is represented as the percentage of premises able to get a certain speed.”

    No one (and this includes other countries) looks at broadband coverage per ‘person’.

    1. AndyH says:

      Sorry, this was for gerarda.

    2. gerarda says:

      That does not mean that my statement is incorrect – even if the sub 2mbms premises included business ones- about 10% of the total there would still be around 450,000 people without access to plus 2Mbps which is still hundreds of thousands of people

    3. AndyH says:

      No, it means your statement is incorrect because you misconstrued the data.

      There are some 29 million premises in the UK, of which 0.78% are estimated to received fixed line access of less than the 2Mb/s USO. This equates to some 226,200 premises, of which we don’t know the split between commercial/residential premises.

      I have absolutely no idea how you’ve come up with 450,000 people being unable to access the 2Mbps fixed line USO.

    4. gerarda says:

      The proportion of business premises not getting 2Mbps would have to be about 10 times the proportion of residential lines to reduce the number of people to below hundreds of thousands. Hugely unlikely.

    5. New_Londoner says:

      Rather than debate the precise number of people affected today, let’s celebrate the fact that the number of premises unable to access download speeds of over 2Mbps (and 10Mbps) has fallen and continues to do so. Let’s focus on it being a cup 99.22% full rather than 0.78% empty!

  6. Dave says:

    That’s all very well but what if you happen to be one of the 0.78% (which is nearly 3 in 400 premises by 2020) that can’t get a usable broadband. The only solution seems, buy them off with £300 for satellite!

    1. MikeW says:

      What does 2020 have to do with it? 0.78% was roughly 3 in 400 in 2016, remains that in 2017 and will be the same in 2020.

    2. Dave says:

      In 2020 the USO should kick in. But that is not looking to good. All full of hot air and lots of get out clauses.

    3. MikeW says:

      I guessed you meant that.

      The 0.78% figure is obviously going to reduce over the next 3-4 years, which makes it useless to work out the 3 in 400 calculation for 2020.

      But worse, the USO relates to 10Mbps speeds, not 2Mbps.

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