The first homes in Cornwall to benefit from the UK Government’s Project Gigabit programme have now been connected to Full Fibre broadband as part of a £36 million project being delivered by Wildanet to bring gigabit-capable broadband to almost 20,000 people living and working in rural Cornwall.

Now householders in villages as far afield as Mullion, on the western coast of Cornwall’s Lizard Peninsula, and Lanivet in mid Cornwall have become among the first 1,000 homes to see the new service go live.

Project Gigabit is the Government’s £5 billion programme to connect hard-to-reach areas and the work Wildanet is doing to support this has already seen the company’s own engineering team, supported by multiple contracting partners, install 33,500 metres of fibre-optic cabling as well as carrying out extensive civil engineering and infrastructure work to extend coverage to target rural areas.

With the first connections now in place, Wildanet is on schedule to make the service available to more than 6,000 homes and businesses by the end of the year and complete the project by December 2025.

CEO, Helen Wylde-Archibald, said: “It is a wonderful milestone moment to see the first homes connected and to also reflect on the transformative power of this project which, as well as extending gigabit broadband, is also supporting local employment, training and skills in the Cornish economy.”