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Super-fast broadband has become available to another 95,000 Cornish homes and businesses, it has been reported.

Fibre services are now available to customers served by 52 of Cornwall's 99 telephone exchanges, as BT continues to roll out next-generation services.

Nigel Ashcroft, Superfast Cornwall Programme Director for the Cornwall Development Company, commented that the partnership is making "strong progress".

"At the start of the programme we set ourselves the ambitious target of rolling out the network to 90,000 Cornish homes and businesses by the end of March," he stated.

"We more than achieved that target and are now working towards the 100,000 mark, which we expect to reach in the next few weeks."

Mr Ashcroft said the organisation was seeing "great enthusiasm" for super-fast broadband from the homes and businesses of Cornwall.

Orders are being received at a record rate and continuing to grow, he added.

Ranulf Scarbrough, BT's Superfast Cornwall Programme Director, said the firm's engineering teams have been working "flat out" to meet growing demand.

He said the ongoing rollout will make Cornwall and the Isles one of the best connected rural locations in the world.

"A huge amount of work remains and there are many challenges to be overcome, but already Superfast Cornwall is a great success story," Mr Scarbrough stated.

"The technology is already making an important contribution to Cornwall's future success, boosting the competitiveness of businesses whilst offering new educational and entertainment opportunities for households." 

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