Cornwall’s ‘communications revolution’ has passed another milestone on the road to the county becoming one of the best connected rural locations in the world.
Superfast Cornwall, the pioneering superfast broadband partnership between the EU, BT and Cornwall Council, today announced that completion of the latest wave of its roll-out programme had made fibre optic broadband available to more than 95,000 Cornish homes and businesses, which is over a third of all premises in the county.
Superfast Cornwall said demand in Cornwall for the high-speed technology is running at an all-time high with the high-speed technology already being used by more than 6,000 homes and businesses and orders being received at the rate of about 250 a week.
Superfast fibre broadband is now starting to become available in 52 of Cornwall’s 99 telephone exchange areas.
The latest communities being upgraded are Helston, Hayle, St Ives, Fowey, St Just, Looe, Stithians, Pentewan, Mawgan, Gweek, Mevagissey, Mullion, Nanpean, Landrake, Grampound, Grampound Road, Germoe, Indian Queens, St Columb Road, Cubert, Rosudgeon, Ashton, Gorran Haven, Foxhole, St Dennis, St Stephen in Brannel, Cawsand, Kingsand, Probus, St Erth, Lelant, Canons Town, Metherell and Harrowbarrow.
Nigel Ashcroft, Superfast Cornwall programme director for Cornwall Development Company, which manages the £132 million Superfast Cornwall initiative, said: “The partnership is making strong progress. At the start of the programme we set ourselves the ambitious target of rolling out the network to 90,000 Cornish homes and businesses by the end of March.
“We more than achieved that target and are now working towards the 100,000 mark, which we expect to reach in the next few weeks.”
Among the latest Cornish customers to benefit from the high-speed technology is DogCam, a Bodmin firm specialising in video camera technology with products ranging from helmet-based cameras worn by pilots and skiers to cameras hidden in clothing, such as a baseball cap, for undercover work by the security services.
Owner Mark Nelson said: “Customers often send us videos they have taken using our cameras and we upload videos to YouTube and other social media. It used to take a couple of hours. Now we can upload and download videos in a fraction of the time.”