World award for broadband project


Cornwall’s superfast broadband project has won a major accolade at the World Communication Awards.

The Superfast Cornwall team

A panel of judges, which included some of the world’s leading IT experts, named the £132 million private and public sector partnership as Project of the Year.

The judges said Superfast Cornwall was “a good example of a private company partnering with the public sector” to create “Europe’s most ambitious rural deployment of super-fast broadband”.

Superfast Cornwall – a partnership launched last year between BT, European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Convergence, Cornwall Council and Cornwall Development Company – aims to make Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly one of the best connected rural areas in the world and a test bed for the future development of this high-speed technology.

Programme director Nigel Ashcroft commented: “It is wonderful that the achievements of this pioneering partnership are being recognised on a world stage. Superfast Cornwall is a world-leading example of expertise, cooperation and innovative investment.”

Ranulf Scarbrough, Superfast Cornwall programme director for BT, added: “Superfast Cornwall has captured the attention and imagination of the world. It demonstrates what can be achieved when the private and public sectors work together, sharing their resources and knowledge – and provides a blueprint for many other rural areas across the UK and elsewhere in the world.”



  1. What a load of twaddle!!!

    These people should really get out more and find out what the reality is on the ground instead of wasting money on PR puffs.

    My service in St Austell is a pathetic 576kbps download and just 21 kbps upload speed.

    Absolutely pathetic!

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