Cornwall and Isles of Scilly were selected to be in the first wave of the Government’s Project Gigabit, which will be tackling the hardest to reach areas, so that as much as possible of the UK has access to gigabit speeds. The initial contracts have now been awarded to local supplier Wildanet by BDUK (Building Digital UK, the Govt. executive agency running Project Gigabit). The rollout for the initial lots (see below) should start in 2023, and are expected to run until 2026.
Project Gigabit Lots
Lot 32.03 covers approx. 9,750 rural premises across Penwith and The Lizard, running northeastwards as far as Hayle, Praze-an-Beeble and Constantine.
Lot 32.02 covers approx. 9,500 rural premises in central Cornwall, from the north coast (between Newquay and Otterham) to the south coast (between Portloe and Fowey).
In January 2023 it was announced that the two contracts for Lots 32.02 and 32.03 had been awarded by BDUK to local supplier Wildanet, who have their HQ in Liskeard. You can see the press release here . The Wildanet Project Gigabit, where you can check coverage and register your interest, is here.
Project Gigabit – Remaining areas in Cornwall
BDUK are aiming to appoint a supplier for these remaining areas by Mar 2024, and delivery could be completed by 2030.