Isles of Scilly gets superfast broadband

Here's some good news for the Isles of Scilly - residents and businesses can now access superfast fibre optic broadband thanks to the completion of BT’s latest project.

BT Openreach may be in BBC Watchdog's bad books over installation delays on the mainland, but the company has shown it can more than meet a challenge after making the Scillies the "best internet connected island on the planet."

Customers will be able to enjoy greatly improved speeds that dwarf the previous maximum of 8Mb. To make the improvement happen, Openreach repurposed a cable in the Atlantic Ocean running from Porthcurno, Cornwall to Santander in Spain. The process took a month and required the use of a large cable ship.

There had been serious doubts about the practicalities of providing superfast broadband for the Scilly Isles due to difficult terrain, however, the £132million Superfast Cornwall Initiative, funded by Cornwall Council, BT and the European Regional Development, means that over 2,000 residents will now have fast speeds and a more reliable service.

BT Chief Executive, Gavin Patterson said: "The arrival of fibre broadband on the Isles of Scilly, England's most remote community, is a landmark event."

"It is a wonderful example of what is being achieved by BT in partnership with the public sector to bring this exciting technology to locations across the UK, which would have been considered beyond reach just a few years ago."

The Cornwall Initiative plans to make fibre broadband available to 95% of homes and businesses on each of the five inhabited Scilly Islands. The rest of Cornwall should also benefit from superfast broadband before the end of the year.


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