From superfast to ultra fast


Cornwall will be one of the first places in the UK to test a new ‘ultra fast’ fibre broadband.

BT’s local network business Openreach today revealed a list of eight locations across the country, including St Agnes, where it will pilot the delivery of ‘FTTP on Demand’.

This service, which Openreach intends to make commercially available from Spring 2013, will enable customers to order an ultra-fast 330Mbps broadband connection directly to their home or business in an area served by Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) technology.

Previously, in order to receive 330Mbps speeds, customers had to be located in an FTTP (Fibre to the Premises) enabled area.

Ranulf Scarbrough, BT’s programme director for the £132 million Superfast Cornwall broadband partnership, said: “It is excellent news that Cornwall is playing a leading role in developing this exciting technology.

“This ultra fast service can make a major contribution to the efficiency and competitiveness of local businesses and so play a major role in the future prosperity of Cornwall. It is a further demonstration of BT’s determination and commitment to ensuring Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has world class communications.”


  1. What progress is being made for those of us with copper all the way to the exchange who are in Infinity areas 9usually quite close to the exchange) but can’t get the service? At R C Show “virtual cabinets” were mentioned? Will this FTTP type technology overcome the issues and at what cost?

  2. Very good news, a fibre to the home connection is futureproof, unlike a copper one. Could anyone please tell us how much this service costs? Thank You.

  3. @patroclus Ooh, is it 8 places in Cornwall? I thought it was 8 places in the UK, one of which is in Cornwall.

  4. So when did Ultra become better than Super?

    If you talk in radio terms UHF (Ultra High Frequency) comes before SHF (Super High Frequency). It’s a pity marketing have lost touch with the technologists…

  5. @biz_cornwall As the world operates more virtually than ever, this is great news for Cornish businesses. No longer is geography an issue!

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