Superfast Cornwall has delivered broadband infrastructure in Cornwall through two key programmes since 2010: the Superfast Cornwall programme (2010-2015) and the current Superfast Extension Project (SEP) (2015-2017). Cornwall Council is now in the process of developing a further programme of investment ‘Superfast 2’, which, subject to contract, is due to be delivered between 2017-2020.
The pioneering 2011-2015 Superfast Cornwall programme was a partnership between the EU, BT, Cornwall Council and the Isles of Scilly Council. The programme delivered £132m of investment to upgrade Cornwall’s broadband infrastructure, with £53.5m funded by the EU and £78.5m by BT.
The programme delivered upgrades to around 256,000 premises, with around 238,000 premises able to connect to 24+Mbps superfast broadband.
Around 84,000 premises were upgraded with Fibre to the Premises (FTTP), the fully future-proofed solution which runs a fibre-optic cable all the way to the premises. This is a far higher proportion than any other rural area in the country.
Following the 2010-2015 programme, an estimated 42,000 premises were unable to connect to superfast broadband.
The SEP, which is currently underway, is aiming to upgrade a further 8,000 premises to superfast broadband by the end of 2017.
As part of the development of our programmes, we undertook a number of research projects looking at the use of superfast broadband in thousands of small to medium enterprises (SMEs). This research highlighted the benefits and issues associated with flexible working, which when enabled well can improve greater productivity and improve work-life balance. This site brings all the knowledge and information together in a useful guide.