Superfast Cornwall Update

Date: 
14 Nov 2017
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The Journey So Far 

Superfast broadband infrastructure in Cornwall has been delivered through two key programmes since 2010: the Superfast Cornwall program me (2010 - 2015) and the current Superfast Extension Project (2015 - 2017). Latest independent research shows that the first phase is delivering huge economic benefits. There are now 90,000+ connections including 16,000 + businesses , creating and safeguarding o ver 6,500 jobs . T he technology has helped the creation of around 3,300 start - up businesses. Overall, this is now providing an estimated £275 million annual boost to our economy. 

A third phase for delivery in the period 2018 - 2020 is now underway. 

Superfast Extension Project - SEP (Jun 2015 - Dec 17) 

The SEP, which has progressed well and is nearing completion, will have upgrade d a n estimated 8,000 premises to superfast broadband by the end of 2017. 

Funding towards the project comes from Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) £2.96m; Cornwall Council £1.46m; Growth Deal £1m; Regional Growth Fund £0.5m; and BT £1.23m. 

Superfast & Ultrafast for Cornwall Programme – 2018 - 20 20 

At the end of 2017, it is estimated that around 38,000 premises will be unable to connect to 30+Mbps 1 superfast broadband. Of these, around 16,000 will be unable to connect with a t least 15Mbps speeds and around 4,000 will have speeds of less than 2Mbps. 

The new £17.6 million programme will upgrade a further estimated 7,500 premises in some of Cornwall’s most remote places , focussing on those premises with less than 15Mbps access . 

Funding for this new initiative comes from the EU which will provide £8.5m; BT £5.1m; the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) programme £3m ; and Cornwall Council £1.1m . T he programme will be managed by Cornwall Development Company. 

Superfast Cornwall has recently published indicative list s of ‘Stage 1’ postcodes that the high level modelling shows could be feasible to upgrade through this new programme of investment . The lists are available at www.superfastcornwall.org/current - programme. 

These ‘Stage 1’ postcodes will still need more detailed surveying and planning, which will happen on a rolling basis until late 2019. When this surveying and planning is completed, postcodes will be p u blished as ‘Stage 2’ postcodes. The first premises are expected to go live in early 2018.

Can an area be brought into the programme? How are areas selected? 

Unfortunately it is not possible to set any priorities for individual areas. In order to reach the outputs required by the funding partners we need to upgrade as many premises as possible with the available funding. Because the rollout is modelled using this criteria, if we were to bring in additional premises, it would therefore mean that a greater number of premises would need to be removed from the programme. 

Can an area be brought forward and done sooner? 

Our new programme is a 3 year major infrastructure programme and the planning, surveying and build stages will happen on a rolling basis, possibly stretching into 2020. Unfortunately it really is not possible to set any priorities for individual areas to be brought forward. With such large numbers of premises, the rollout must maximise efficiencies by completing detailed planning, surveying and subsequent build across complete exchange areas. 

What are my alternatives if I am not going to be covered in the new 2018 - 2020 rollout? 

There are a number of alternatives that you could consider if your existing speeds are insufficient. These could include satellite broadband, mobile 4G broadband, wireless links and a privately funded community fibre scheme. Many of these solutions will be eligible for a grant from the Cornwall Council Grants Scheme that is expected to be available from January 2018. Businesses may also be eligible for the Avanti Superfast Satellite scheme. Details are available at www.superfastcornwall.org/alternative - solutions. 

Keeping informed 

The latest information, including an overview of the programme , FAQs, the latest postcodes in build, a link to coverage maps on the Council’s mapping portal, and information about whether or not a premise can connect is available on the Superfast Cornwall website at 

www.superfastcornwall.org. Any questions that are not answered by the information provided on the website can be sent to info@superfastcornwall.org or call 01872 324991. 

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