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
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.