Major new expansion of Cornwall
A further major expansion of Cornwall's multi-million
pound actnow project was announced today as demand for high
speed broadband accelerates across Cornwall.
The number of Cornish businesses and households to have signed
up for ADSL broadband this week surpassed the 2,500 mark.
With broadband orders in Cornwall having grown to about 90
a week, four further BT exchanges at St Ives, Bude, Saltash
and Penryn will be equipped with sophisticated ADSL technology
from Monday February 3.
ADSL Broadband provides a permanent internet connection,
so there are no more dial-up delays. Data transfer is up to
40 times faster than a standard internet connection using
a 56k modem and a flat monthly fee means more manageable costs.
Phone calls can also be made over one line at the same time.
For businesses, this means significant savings in time and
money, with resulting increases in productivity.
Nigel Ashcroft, project director for the actnow private and
public sector partnership, said: "This is further excellent
news for Cornwall's economy. The latest expansion means
that high speed broadband communications will be available
at four more key towns in Cornwall. It is tremendously heartening
that we have come so far less than nine months since actnow was launched."
Phil Evans, actnow project director for BT, one of the major
partners in actnow, said: "It is a tribute to the people
and businesses of Cornwall that actnow is proving a success
story, which goes from strength to strength.
"The huge amount of work being carried out in support
of actnow will have a lasting, beneficial impact on the Cornish
economy for decades to come. Above all, it is opening new
opportunities and new ways of working for the people of Cornwall.
"We are already seeing many Cornish firms using the
technology to develop exciting new markets, both nationally
Nine BT exchanges in Truro, St Austell, Redruth, Camborne,
Newquay, Penzance, Falmouth, Bodmin and Launceston have already
been equipped with the latest ADSL technology.
The actnow package for small and medium businesses includes
pre and post sign-up advice, a range of computer equipment
and broadband connection options to suit the needs of individual
businesses, financial support and privileged members'
access to the actnow website.
For the basic engineer-installed broadband service provided
by BT, the subsidy on installation charges is £210,
which means installation is free to actnow customers. Subsidised
monthly line rental begins at just £19.99 for the first
two years of using a broadband connection through BT.
Further information can be obtained by calling actnow on
01209 722850 or visiting the website www.actnowcornwall.co.uk
The actnow programme, launched on April 24 2002, 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 county was granted Objective One status
by the European Union in 2000. Partners include BT, the Objective
One Partnership Office, Cornwall Enterprise, Council, Business
Link Devon the South West of England Regional Development
Agency, Cornwall County & Cornwall and Cornwall College.
ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line) transforms the
pair of copper wires between a local telephone exchange and
the customer's telephone socket into a high speed digital
It is called asymmetric because it is generally configured
to move data more quickly from exchange to customer than from
customer to exchange. This makes it particularly suitable
for applications where customers expect to receive more data
than they transmit. Use of the World Wide Web, corporate intranets
and the reception of digital audio-visual material generally
fit this pattern.
For further information contact Neil Simpkin of actnow
on 01209 722850 or Jason Mann of BT on 0845 726 2624.
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388
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