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BT has expanded the target for the Superfast Cornwall project to provide 95 per cent of homes in the region with access to fibre optic broadband, after initially only aiming to reach 80 per cent of properties.

The broadband provider announced that a reinvestment of savings from efficiency improvements has made the move possible, with many of these savings being brought about through measures such as using lighter overhead cables on telegraph poles.

According to Liv Garfield, Chief Executive of Openreach, the local council's focus on extensive fibre coverage for Cornwall and the Scilly Isles is generating "great results".

"We have been able to test run some new innovations in the county and as a result we have delivered efficiencies which are now enabling us to go further than we first thought possible," she added.

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said it is "fantastic" news that 95 per cent of homes and businesses in the region are set to reap the benefits of superfast broadband.

"The UK already does more business online than any other European country, and widespread access to superfast broadband will provide a tremendous boost to Cornwall's local economy," he added.

Currently, around 50 per cent of Cornish premises have access to the new connection, with the 95 per cent target set to be reached by the end of 2014.

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