One of Cornwall’s traditional ‘notspots’ is among the latest areas to be connected up to superfast broadband.
Around 560 homes and businesses in Portscatho and Gerrans on the Roseland Peninsula are now able to access fibre optic speeds of up to 80 Mbps, with advanced plans to connect a further 1,500 premises in the neighbouring St Mawes and Veryan exchange areas.
News of the enablement at Portscatho and Gerrans has been greeted positively by local residents, with strong levels of take-up already being reported among residents and the business community.
Mark Hatwood, who runs the Harbour Gallery in Portscatho, said: “Superfast broadband offers so many opportunities for both my own and other local businesses to develop into new areas, and I am looking forward to being able to reach out to new customers and continue developing the services I can offer from right here in the heart of the Roseland.”
He also runs an online community, Roseland Online, which reaches out to residents across south central Cornwall and throughout the world. Superfast Cornwall has worked closely with Roseland Online over the past year to gauge levels of local interest in faster broadband and to ensure that the local population was kept informed regarding build progress.
Nigel Ashcroft MBE, Superfast Cornwall programme director for Cornwall Development Company, said: “From the outset, Roseland Online showed a genuine interest to work with Superfast Cornwall to achieve a positive result and the outcome is a testament to that constructive partnership.
“By keeping residents informed through meetings, newsletters and its website, and promoting the local need to Superfast Cornwall in a constructive way, Roseland Online has achieved those positive outcomes, and I am thrilled that we are now able to announce the first coverage of fibre broadband on the Roseland Peninsula.”