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UK Cornwall to Develop New Superfast 1GBps Broadband Network

Posted: 22nd Sep, 2009 By: MarkJ
The chief executive of Cornwall Council, Kevin Lavery, has revealed that the region will have picked a supplier to develop its new superfast broadband network for the area by the end of this year. Details remain sparse, although speeds of up to 1GBps have been dangled around.

Lavery told the October issue of Business Cornwall magazine:

“We’re in the procurement process now, so by the end of the year we will announce a preferred bidder to develop a superfast broadband network in Cornwall that will be the best in the UK…We’re talking about for larger companies a gigabyte of speed which is incredibly fast, which will put Cornwall in a great place to do internet business anywhere in the world.”

We hear a lot of talk about 1Gbps (Gigabit per second) networks, but 1GBps (GigaByte per second) is an entirely different ball game. Speeds like that are usually found in central Internet hubs and we can't help but wonder whether Lavery has got his bits and bytes confused. We should know by the end of 2009.
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