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A project designed to bring superfast broadband to Cornwall has been recognised by the World Communication Awards.

Leading IT experts voted the scheme, which is being run by BT, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Convergence, Cornwall Council and Cornwall Development Company, the Project of the Year.

The Superfast Cornwall scheme aims to bring superfast broadband to 90,000 homes within the county within just five months.

Nigel Ashcroft, Superfast Cornwall Programme Director for the Cornwall Development Company, said: "It is wonderful that the achievements of this pioneering partnership are being recognised on a world stage.

"It will provide a major boost for the future prosperity and wellbeing of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly."

By the end of 2014, it is expected that at least 80 per cent of premises in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will have access to fibre optic broadband.

Technologies such as wireless and satellite will be used to boost speeds where fibre optic access is not possible.  

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