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BT Connects First 50 Superfast 40Mbps Broadband Customers in Cornwall UK

Posted: 29th Mar, 2011 By: MarkJ
fibre optic cablebt uk cornwall fibre optic broadbandTelecoms operator BT has announced that the first 50 customers have been connected to its new superfast broadband ISP network in Cornwall UK, which uses Fibre-to-the-Cabinet ( FTTC ) technology to deliver speeds of up to 40Mbps.

The move is part of BT's major £132 million project (announced last year) to make Next Generation Access (NGA) services available almost 90% of local businesses and homes across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly by 2014.

At present the service is available to just 1,000 homes and businesses in the Chiverton Cross and Chacewater areas. However, by Thursday 31st March 2011, it will also have gone live in St Agnes, St Day, Portreath, Devoran, Leedstown, Stenalees and Par (another 14,000 customers).

Nigel Ashcroft, Programme Director of Superfast Cornwall for Cornwall Development Company, said:

"The partners of this programme are already working together very well, dealing quickly and effectively with the many technical challenges posed by this huge initiative. The speed of roll-out compares well with anything of a similar nature in the UK or abroad. Typically, you could expect to see the first customers connected about a year or so after the signing of the contract, but we’ve managed it in about six months."

The early locations are all part of BT's initial pilot scheme in South East Cornwall (plus a few other areas), which is running in advance of the main roll-out programme. So far 150 kilometres of new fibre optic cable has been installed and more will follow.

Ranulf Scarbrough, BT Programme Director for the Superfast Cornwall Programme, said:

"Already this scheme is starting to make an important contribution to the success of the Cornwall economy and to the lives of Cornish residents. We have a team of about 50 engineers, contractors, planners and technicians working together to ensure that the project is able to deliver the immense benefits of super-fast broadband to customers in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly as soon as possible. The amount of optical fibre cable already installed - more than 150 kilometres - would stretch more than the length of Cornwall."

Crucially 50% of local premises are expected to be connected using BT's fastest 'up to' 110Mbps Fibre-to-the-Premises ( FTTP ) technology, while the rest will benefit from its slower 40Mbps FTTC service and other solutions.

Of course for all the many wonders this will do in the area it still leaves 10% or more without an adequate connection and probably feeling somewhat neglected. It could take many years to resolve the final 10% issue, not just in Cornwall but across the country.

Meanwhile locals can find out more about the programme at www.superfastcornwall.org. Further details about the full roll-out programme across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will be announced in May 2011.
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