Thousands of people in St Austell will be among the first to benefit from our new Ultrafast technology. G.fast provides download speeds of up to 330Mbps, over 10 times the UK national average, and we plan to make it available to more than 10 million UK homes and businesses by the end of 2020.

News of the pilot has been warmly welcomed by Cornwall Council.

Julian German, cabinet member for economy and culture at Cornwall Council, said: “This is more great news for Cornwall. We have a great reputation for pioneering initiatives, such as the Superfast Cornwall broadband partnership, which has made Cornwall one of the best connected rural areas in Europe.

“Now Cornwall is playing a leading role in the development of this exciting G.fast technology. High-speed broadband is making a major contribution to the success and prosperity of Cornwall, and this is just the start of a very exciting journey, which is transforming opportunities for households and businesses across Cornwall.”

The UK leads the way with superfast broadband. More than nine out of ten homes and businesses already have access to superfast speeds with another 20,000 being enabled each week. We’re working hard to reach the rest, as well as starting to roll out Ultrafast speeds.

I’m delighted St Austell will be one of the first locations to get ultrafast speeds using G.fast. We’ve chosen the technology because it enables us to provide an affordable Ultrafast service to as many people as possible in the fastest possible time.
Clive Selley, Openreach Chief Executive

Early trials of G.fast have taken place in Cambridgeshire, Newcastle and South Wales, and we’ve just announced the 17 pilot areas – including St Austell – which will reach around 140,000 homes and businesses during 2017.

Superfast Cornwall, a multi million pound partnership between the European Union, BT and Cornwall Council, has already made fibre broadband available to 95 per cent of Cornish homes and businesses.

Across the UK, more homes and businesses are now using superfast broadband than in Germany, France, Italy or Spain, and the UK outperforms the EU’s five largest economies on measures such as availability, speeds and take-up according to Ofcom.



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