actnow welcomes new era of ultra-fast broadband
actnow, the Objective One project that is
led by Cornwall Enterprise and has spearheaded the development
of broadband amongst businesses in Cornwall and the Isles
of Scilly, has welcomed BT's launch today of a new ultra-fast
consumer broadband service.
The ultra-fast service is capable of delivering download
speeds of up to 8MB – which is up to four times faster
than current speeds offered by BT. The service is available
at no extra cost. Ian Livingston, CEO of BT Retail, said "This
new service delivers the complete package – speeds of
up to 8MB matched by our best ever security features. It is
set to take the broadband experience to a whole new level
for millions of people."
Nigel Ashcroft, Project Director of actnow,
says: "This is great news for both businesses and
consumers in Cornwall. Broadband is making it possible for
businesses to work anytime anywhere and this is especially
beneficial in a rural county like Cornwall. The launch of
ultra-fast broadband increases the efficiencies which can
be enjoyed by businesses and this will help make Cornwall
Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership,
says: "This will transform the use of the Internet
for people in Cornwall. It will ensure businesses retain the
competitive edge that is vital in a global economy and it
will make access to Internet opportunities, such as e learning,
even easier for rural communities."
Existing BT broadband customers are being offered a free
upgrade to the new service on a first come, first served basis.
All existing customers can go to www.bt.com/broadband
for information on how to order or register.
BT's line checker at www.bt.com/getbroadband
has been updated to show the expected speeds available for
individual lines. New customers can order the service at www.bt.com/getbroadband
or call 0800 328 9041.
Businesses, self employed people and farms in Cornwall should
contact actnow for advice on how to make
the most of ultra-fast broadband for their business by calling
0800 800 935 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information please contact Lynn File of actnow
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in actnow through the European
Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Agricultural
Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
The actnow programme is a demand-led initiative
to encourage businesses in Cornwall to gain the support they
need to move into the broadband economy. It is one of the
largest private and public sector partnerships in Cornwall
since the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly were assigned Objective
One status by the European Union in 2000.
The £20 million project is part financed by the European
Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
and the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund
(EAGGF). Other project partners include Cornwall Enterprise,
the Objective One Partnership Office, BT, the Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the South West of England
Regional Development Agency, Cornwall County Council, Business
Link Devon and Cornwall and Cornwall College.
The new Up to 8Mb BT Broadband service uses new 'rate-adaptive'
ADSL technology to automatically provide and maintain the
fastest broadband speed a phone line can physically support.
The actual maximum speed depends on a range of factors, including
the customer's proximity to their telephone exchange,
the quality and length of any telephone extension lines in
their home, and the speed of their computer and modem. So,
for example, customers living close to their exchange could
get the full speed, whilst those living further away might
achieve lower maximum speeds.
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
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