SFBB conquers Cornwall’s St Michael’s Mount

Fibre strandsSuper-fast fibre broadband has arrived at one of the country’s most spectacular landmarks.

Residents of St Michael's Mount in Cornwall - home of a medieval castle set on the historic tidal island, located 366 metres off the Cornish coast - can now get superfast broadband (SFBB) at speeds up to 40Mbps.

Of the ten families living on the island, four have already taken delivery of SFBB and another four have placed orders.

One of those responsible for bringing SFBB to St Michael's Mount was engineer Martin Broad, 38, who only joined BT about two months ago after 19 years as a radio operator in the Royal Navy. It was one of his first jobs after completing training.

"This was certainly an unusual job, but work went really smoothly," he said. The main issue was ensuring the work on St Michael's Mount was completed before the tide came in and cut us off from the mainland. We knew we had four hours and, in fact, this turned out to be more than enough as the installation was quite straightforward.”

The arrival of SFBB on 'the Mount' has been made possible by the pioneering Superfast Cornwall initiative, a multi million pound partnership between the European Union, BT, Cornwall Council and Cornwall Development Company.

The partnership expects to make fibre optic broadband available to at least 80 per cent of premises in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly by the end of 2014.