BT maps way to broadband in Cornwall
and the Isles of Scilly - forty nine exchanges to get "trigger"
BT today laid plans to complete the roll-out of high speed
broadband throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. It
||upgrade every exchange where there is sufficient demand
||encourage external involvement and explore other technologies
such as wireless where demand is unlikely to justify BT's
exchange investment alone
The goal is to bring the benefits of broadband communications
within reach of every business and household in Cornwall and
the Isles of Scilly by 2005.
The accelerated investment programme is based on BT's successful
exchange registration scheme which encourages customers to
show there is a demand for broadband in their area. When registrations
reach the agreed level, BT then upgrades their exchange. Today
BT said it was now able to allocate target or "trigger"
registration levels to 2,300 more exchanges across the UK.
They serve about two million customers. Once enabled, BT ADSL
broadband would be available from exchanges serving more than
99 per cent of homes and businesses nationally.
Forty eight Cornish and one Isles of Scilly exchange have
been given target trigger levels for the first time.
Lizzie Beesley, BT's South West regional director, said:
"Just about everybody in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
can be connected to a broadband-enabled BT exchange. If they
can demonstrate that the demand is there, BT will invest in
the confidence that we are meeting our customers' needs."
Today's announcement still leaves 600 of the very smallest
exchanges in the UK without a trigger level, each serving
fewer than 300 customers. Ten serve fewer than ten customers
each. These areas, serving around 100,000 households, will
also require different partnership investment approaches to
receive broadband, such as BT Exchange Activate which allows
external partners to buy ADSL capacity for as few as 30 customers
on an exchange.
There is also the issue of how to address the small percentage
of people who live in already enabled areas, but who are currently
unable to get ADSL broadband.
BT is currently trialling encouraging new wireless solutions
and is working to extend the physical reach of ADSL from enabled
Lizzie Beesley said: "BT's plans include everybody who
lives and works in every part of Cornwall and the Isles of
"BT's national registration scheme has succeeded in
stimulating demand for broadband in all areas where exchange
trigger levels had been set.
"The universal success of the scheme, and the unanimous
support it has encouraged among communities, mean that we
are now able to set trigger levels for these new exchanges.
"We are removing the uncertainty over whether or when
they will ever get on to the map of Broadband Britain."
Meanwhile, actnow, the award winning Objective One Cornish
broadband project, of which BT is a major partner, continues
to go from strength to strength. The £12.5 million private
and public sector partnership provides intensive training,
advice and support to help Cornish small and medium businesses
make the most of broadband technology. About 2,400 Cornish
businesses have so far signed up for broadband.
Information about broadband partnerships is available at
Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL)
broadband is available from 1850 BT exchanges serving more
than 80 per cent of UK households.
If all existing exchange trigger levels are
achieved, the figure would increase to 90 per cent. Today's
announcement would take that above 99 per cent, once all exchanges
with new trigger levels achieve their targets.
Demand registration triggers for the 2,300
exchanges have been set by estimating the total cost of rollout
to these exchanges and applying a weighted average cost linked
to the number of lines connected to the individual exchange
to generate the trigger levels. Triggers will range from 100
Previous triggers were based on the actual
cost of enabling individual exchanges worked on a case by
case basis. The new approach also acknowledges changes in
the cost of equipment supply and has enabled triggers for
these exchanges to be lower than would otherwise have been
Average penetration of broadband on an enabled
exchange is approximately 96 per cent. ADSL broadband can
operate at up to 40 times the speed of a standard modem internet
connection, although the most popular applications for homes
and small and medium businesses are about 10 times faster
than a normal connection.
The actnow programme is a demand-led initiative
to encourage businesses in Cornwall to gain the support they
need to move into the new broadband economy.
Including about £5.25 million from Objective
One, it is one of the largest private and public sector partnerships
in Cornwall since the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly were
granted Objective One status by the European Union in 2000.
Partners include BT, the Objective One Partnership Office,
Cornwall Enterprise, the South West of England Regional Development
Agency, Cornwall County Council, Business Link Devon &
Cornwall and Cornwall College.
Issued by BT Regional Media Relations. For more information please call 0845 726262
CORNWALL AND ISLES
OF SCILLY NEW TRIGGER EXCHANGES
Exchange / Trigger
Tregony - 100
Tintagel - 250
Cardinham - 100
Stoke Climsland - 250
Canworth Water - 100
The Lizard - 250
Manaccan - 100
Polperro - 250
North Petherwin - 100
Crantock - 250
Bridgerule - 150
Rumford - 250
Sennen - 150
Port Isaac - 250
Mawgan - 150
Stithians - 300
Boscastle - 150
St Merryn - 300
St Mabyn - 150
Roche - 300
Week St Mary - 150
Dobwalls - 350
Kilkhampton - 150
Mullion - 350
St Mawgan - 150
Fowey - 400
Otterham Station - 150
Rilla Mill - 400
St Gennys - 150
St Tudy - 400
Morwenstow - 150
Porthtowan - 400
Portscatho - 150
Padstow - 400
Lanreath - 200
Fraddon - 400
Mawnan Smith - 200
Trebetherick - 450
Pipers Pool - 200
Perranporth - 500
St Mawes - 200
Grampound Road - 500
Leedstown - 200
Gussnislake - 500
Veryan - 200
Marazion - 500
Polruan - 200
Millboork - 500
Scillonia - 300
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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