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BT's rollout of super-fast broadband in rural Cornwall has been hailed as an "outstanding success" by the company's Chief Executive Gavin Patterson.

He praised the achievements of BT engineers in extending fibre broadband coverage to 90 per cent of homes and businesses in the county.

Already 50,000 customers have placed an order for super-fast broadband, with more than 2,000 premises being connected every month.

BT says fibre broadband adoption in Cornwall is "among the best in the UK", with many homeowners and business leaders appearing eager to sign up.

Mr Patterson said Superfast Cornwall has "set the standard for rural areas", not only in the UK, but also across the continent.

"Local authorities and organisations from Europe and even further afield have studied the achievements of the Superfast Cornwall partnership with a view to running their own programmes," he noted.

"Across the UK, we are now seeing successful broadband partnerships forging ahead with their own plans, but we should not forget the vision and pioneering role played by Cornwall with this exciting project."

Mr Patterson said it is "heartening" to hear from Cornish firms how super-fast broadband is transforming their businesses; helping to make them more efficient, improve their services to customers and creating high-value jobs.

Nigel Ashcroft, Superfast Cornwall Programme Director for Cornwall Development Company, explained that, upon launch three years ago, Superfast Cornwall became the first super-fast broadband partnership of its kind in England, Scotland and Wales.

"Superfast Cornwall has achieved major successes since it was established in 2010, but we will certainly not be resting on our laurels because there is still much to be done," he stated.

"Right from the outset we recognised it wasn't just about rolling out the technology and that it was essential to do everything possible to help local households and businesses make the most of the technology."

Mr Ashcroft said that, by the end of 2014, some of England's most remote locations - including the Isles of Scilly - will have been reached by fibre broadband.

"Through 2014, Superfast Cornwall will continue to set the pace for rural areas in Europe," he added.

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