Fibre coming to a Cabinet near you soon

Superfast Cornwall's schedule for PenwithSuperfast Cornwall's schedule for PenwithSuperfast Cornwall is the organisation which is charged with installing a fibre optic communications network in Cornwall. When sent as pulses of laser light down thin glass fibres signals travel faster than when they are transmitted as electrical pulses down copper wires. There are a number of ways of perceiving the technology of the internet and the World Wide Web. Some may see it as the work of the devil and just the latest incarnation of the go-faster world where people demand and get everything now. In other ways the Web has contributed hugely to the democratisation of communication and has become an invaluable way of spreading new ideas and different ways of doing things ... all with very low energy cost. On a very mundane level web-based communication has the potential to reduce the need for people to physically travel from place-to-place and the resulting drop in energy use can only be a good thing. High speed broadband access should accentuate this trend so it is something to be applauded.

Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) means fibre-optic cables running as far as the green cabinets that are found in our streets. It allows delivery of much faster broadband services such as high speed internet. Connections on to individual premises continue to use copper cable so the majority of the local infrastructure remains unchanged.

21CN (21st Century Network) is being deployed by British Telecom over the next 5 years. The national phone network will be moved on to a digital network, this will enable the national roll-out of, what is called, ADSL2+ - a system which will offer broadband services at up to 24 megabytes/second as well as much faster upload speeds.

2012 is the year that this technology will arrive in Penwith and here are some of the roll-out dates for different telephone exchanges (taken from Sam Knows).

Cockwells (includes Crowlas, Ludgvan, Nancledra)
FTTC status: Already available in some areas
21CN WBC status: Not available

Germoe
FTTC status: March 1
21CN WBC status: Not available

Hayle (includes St Erth)
FTTC status: March 1 2012
21CN WBC status: Already enabled

Leedstown (includes Fraddam, Reawla, Townshend)
FTTC status: Already available in some areas
21CN WBC status: Not available

Marazion (includes Long Rock, Goldsithney, Perranuthnoe, Perran Downs)
FTTC status: December 31 2011
21CN WBC status: Not available

Mousehole (includes Paul, Sheffield)
FTTC status: 2012
21CN WBC status: Not available

Penzance (includes Newlyn, Heamoor, Madron, Newbridge)
FTTC status: March 31 2012
21CN WBC status: Already enabled

Sennen (includes Sennen Cove, St Levan)
FTTC status: 2013
21CN WBC status: Not available

St Buryan (includes Lamorna, Porthcurno)
FTTC status: 2012
21CN WBC status: Not available

St Ives (includes Zennor)
FTTC status: March 1 2012
21CN WBC status: Already enabled

St Just (includes Pendeen, Morvah)
FTTC status: March 1 2012
21CN WBC status: Not available