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8:00am 4th March 2012

A quarter of Cornwall is connected.

The people rolling out superfast broadband across the Duchy say another 66,000 homes and businesses are hooked up.

Among the latest areas of Penzance, Newquay, Lostwithiel and Torpoint.

Ranulf Scarbrough, BT’s Superfast Cornwall programme director, said:

“This is great progress. The fact that we have just brought superfast fibre broadband to communities as far afield as Penzance in the far West, Torpoint in the East and Newquay in the North helps demonstrate the scale and breadth of the roll-out. We are well on course to reaching 100,000 premises during the Spring.”

Nigel Ashcroft, programme director of Superfast Cornwall for Cornwall Development Company, which manages the £132 million Superfast Cornwall initiative, said:

“The momentum of the roll-out programme is matched by Cornwall’s enthusiasm for this exciting technology. We’re now seeing over 200 Cornish homes and businesses signing up to superfast broadband each week with about 4,000 premises already using this exciting technology"

“There are many examples of firms and individuals transforming their businesses and their lives with superfast broadband. It can give businesses a competitive edge and offer a wide range of educational and entertainment opportunities for households.  We plan to boost take-up even further to ensure the maximum contribution to the future prosperity of our communities.”

Among the Cornish businesses reaping the rewards of superfast broadband is Boutique Retreats, a company offering luxury self catering holidays, which is based in a converted engine house in St Agnes.

Philippa Barton, who established the business in 2007, said:

“Superfast broadband is incredible, totally brilliant! It is making everything so much easier for us and means the world is our oyster."

“Our customers are generally high net worth individuals with very little time to spare, so it is vital that the website experience we offer is completely swish and instantaneous. We recently invested in a new website and now all the features, such as the online booking and the videos, are running at peak performance."

“We can upload new videos in a second to keep the content fresh and, of course, superfast makes it far easier to upload videos and photos to social network sites, to raise our profile."

“Now we have superfast, we are using a brilliant VoIP (Voice over internet protocol) system and we routinely hold telephone conferences with owners overseas - in California, Canada or Europe. The quality is superb it is as though we are in the same room."

“We have set up a virtual private network and so now around 10 people can access our systems from remote locations. This includes our IT support staff so any glitches of any kind can be sorted out in a flash.”

8:00am 4th March 2012

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