Cornwall's Isles of Scilly to Become Most-Connected Island Chain Ever Thanks to Fibre Broadband

By Tom Pritchard on at

The Isles of Scilly is a chain of islands 28 miles south-west of Land's End in Cornwall, and soon it could be the most connected island chain in the world thanks to a £3.7 million operation to bring fibre-optic broadband to the area.

The operation will see the currently unused 939 kilometre fibre optic cable which links Porthcurno in Cornwall and Santander in Spain, cut at two points (15km and 100km away from Land's End) in order to divert a section to the Isles of Scilly. The cable is being pulled ashore and connected to a local network with the hopes that residents of the island will be able to purchase high speed broadband by the end of the year. That would be a massive difference to the current 2-3Mbps speed the islanders get via radio link.

This project is one of many that makes up the £132 million "Superfast Cornwall" initiative which aims to bring 60-80Mbps fibre broadband to 95 per cent of home in Cornwall. [The Telegraph]

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