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Super-fast broadband is set to arrive on the Isles of Scilly, thanks to a pioneering submarine infrastructure project.

A month-long operation is currently underway to divert a fibre-optic cable between the UK and Spain to the island group, which sits off the coast of Cornwall.

The 12,184-tonne cable ship Resolute has cut the cable at two points in the Atlantic - about 100km and 15km off Lands End - and diverted a section to the Isles of Scilly.

The cable will be pulled ashore on Thursday July 24th and linked to the local network, laying the foundations for super-fast broadband for local homes and businesses.

At present, islanders are reliant upon a broadband service provided by a radio link from the UK mainland.

The new link is being established as part of the £132 million Superfast Cornwall initiative, which has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund, BT and Cornwall Council.

Under the fibre rollout plans, 95 per cent of Cornish and Scilly homes and businesses should have fibre broadband access by the end of 2014.

Nigel Ashcroft, Superfast Cornwall Programme Director for Cornwall Development Company, said the people of the Isles of Scilly have long been known for their spirit of innovation.

He claimed they will be "determined" to make the most of super-fast broadband technology.

Mr Ashcroft said fibre broadband will provide "a major boost" for local businesses and offer the kind of online opportunities that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago.

"Businesses on Scilly might be located in one of the most remote - and beautiful - parts of the UK, but they will be right at the centre of the super-fast broadband revolution in some of the best-connected islands in the world," he added.

Jeremy Steventon-Barnes, Superfast Cornwall Operations Director for BT, said bringing super-fast broadband to the Isles of Scilly is "an immensely challenging project" for a wide range of engineering and environmental reasons.

"The fact that we have been able to make use of an existing cable makes a great deal of sense from an environmental and cost point of view," he stated.

Mr Steventon-Barnes said the project "fits perfectly" with BT and Superfast Cornwall’s "strong reputation" for innovation and environmental awareness.

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