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