Surf's up in Cornwall as BT announce fibre-optic broadband plans
The county of Cornwall are set to get a broadband infrastructure boost, as BT outline plans to roll out their fibre-optic network to the area.
90% of Cornish homes will be able to get high-speed connections by the end of the program, which is expected to take 4 years to complete at a cost of £132 million. £78 million of the funding will come from BT’s own coffers, whilst the EU’s European Regional Development Fund will cough up the remaining £52 million.
The announcement follows communication minister Ed Vaizey’s desire to make the UK a European broadband network leader by the middle of the decade. “The government wants the UK to have the best broadband network in Europe by 2015, so today’s announcement is a big step towards that goal,” he said.
Two different fibre optic technologies will be used in Cornwall, both fibre-to-the-home technology (FTTH) and the slightly slower fibre-to-the-cabinet technology (FTTC) which makes use of existing copper wiring.
If successful, the roll-out will be used as a blueprint for other rural area network expansions from BT.
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I’ve realized I may have become slightly addicted to UGG boots.
This is a business opportunity that can’t be missed. People will use the hub of the community once again.
Cornwall likes to pretend it’s separate from the rest of the UK (they have their own flag you know), though they seem quite happy for BT to upgrade their broadband! I guess they’re only separate when it suits them…
Lol they are not too lucky, wait until the price hits them
These guys are lucky, wish we would get this