BT has around 3,500 SMEs using its superfast services in the county as well as almost 30,000 consumer connections, as its broadband rollout in the county continues apace.
With 75 percent of homes and businesses now able to access superfast services in the region, BT is seeing keen interest from companies, as Ranulf Scarbrough, programme director for the Cornwall SuperFast Broadband project, explained to V3.
“The connection side of things is going really well, with just shy of 30,000 connections in total, and there are now some 3,500 small business hooked to the network,” he said.
“We’re talking with them about the impact that broadband is having on their business and it’s amazing some of the things they are now able to do as a result [of having faster speeds].”
One firm that has already seen a clear benefit is digital marketing and SEO specialists Niddocks. It used to have speeds of around 1.5Mbps from a satellite broadband connection. It now enjoys downloads of 53Mbps and 15Mbps upload speeds.
The firm also claimed the speeds found in Cornwall are now better than those in Silicon Valley, after visiting the region for a conference hosted by Google.
Scarbrough said examples such as Niddocks are great for helping encourage other businesses to explore the benefits of superfast broadband via word of mouth, while BT itself continues to market the services more widely.
The project in Cornwall is due to be completed by the end of 2014, when 95 percent of the county will be covered by superfast connections. The rest of the county will be served by a mix of services, such as satellite connections or broadband regenerators.
The firm has yet to make a firm decision on what it will use and where, as it continues to map out the final stages of its rollout.
“It’s not until you get right down to all the nooks and crannies of a county like Cornwall that you know exactly where you can and cannot put fibre, so we’re still working through all that,” Scarbrough said.
The project also includes providing services for the Isles of Scilly, which will involve a cable-laying ship to run services between the islands, which is set to come online at some point in early 2014. This will involve dodging shipwrecks and other underwater hazards, in one of the more unique broadband rollouts facing BT.
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