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Super-fast broadband has arrived at mainland Britain's most southerly point, it has been reported.

Fibre broadband has reached Lizard Point as part of the £132 million Superfast Cornwall project, through which BT is upgrading and extending local networks.

The firm is striving to deliver super-fast broadband services to 80 per cent of businesses and households in the county, and on the Isles of Scilly by the end of 2014.

Around 700 homes at Lizard Point - and in the neighbouring villages of Cadgwith and Ruan Minor - now have access to fibre services.

Ranulf Scarbrough, BTs Superfast Cornwall Director, said the arrival of super-fast broadband "opens another exciting chapter in the story of an iconic location".

"Some of the most exciting experiments of modern times have taken place on The Lizard," he stated.

These include Marconi’s first live transatlantic radio message and the first live transatlantic television pictures via the Goonhilly Satellite Earth Station.

"Now we are seeing a new communications technology introduced, which also has the ability to transform the lives of people and businesses," Mr Scarbrough stated.

He said take-up of fibre-optic broadband at The Lizard is "very encouraging", with 15 happy customers already connected and a further 46 orders to be completed.

BT is currently investing £2.5 billion upgrading telephone exchanges around the country to support fibre broadband.

The telecoms giant is aiming to deliver fibre services to two-thirds of UK premises by 2015, allowing businesses and households to take advantage of faster download speeds.

BT has also won contracts to roll out super-fast networks in less commercially viable areas, part-funded by the government's £530 million Rural Broadband Fund.

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