We thought a great initiation for a new engineer, Martin Broad, would be to send
him down to a remote Cornish island to get it connected. And St Michael's Mount
is so remote that he had to check tide times so that he didn't get cut off from
All hooked up now, the area's gone from end user speeds of 3Mbit/s to 40Mbit/s,
and we're aiming to have
90,000 Cornish premises passed by the end of March – tides permitting.
We're asking residents and landlords to register for a pilot scheme that aims to
upgrade the connection to their apartment building, so it's ready for superfast
fibre broadband. We've set a target of around 1,000 buildings in our fibre rollout
areas to take part.
Once a building is hooked up, it'll give people access to a pure fibre connection
– all the way from the exchange. Our Fibre to the Premises (FTTP) technology can
deliver superfast broadband speeds of up to 100Mbit/s, and the option of an amazing
300Mbit/s download speed is coming in spring. These will be the fastest commercially
available speeds in the UK for a residential connection.
It all hinges on tracking down the appropriate individuals and companies with the
authority to grant permission for us to start work on the building. But by letting
both landlords and residents register their interest, residents can push for superfast
broadband – and landlords get a chance to make their building more attractive to
future potential residents.
It looks like apartment residents in Canary Wharf could be the first to benefit
– and we're in the process of drumming up demand on the streets right now.