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Around one in three households and businesses in the Isles of Scilly are now connected to super-fast fibre broadband, BT has revealed.

Despite next-generation services only arriving on the islands six months ago - as part of the European Union-backed Superfast Cornwall project - a third of all customers have already taken out fibre broadband packages.

The fibre adoption rate has been much higher in the Isles of Scilly than in most other parts of the UK, where the majority of broadband users remain on copper-based deals.

Across the five islands in the group, approximately 450 premises are now connected to BT's super-fast network.

Ranulf Scarbrough, BT’s Superfast Cornwall Director, said the take up of high-speed fibre broadband "is already amongst the highest for any local authority area in the UK".

He claimed this is "an astonishing achievement" just six months after fibre broadband became available to residents and local businesses.

"Super-fast broadband is providing a major boost for an area famed for its beauty and remoteness," Mr Scarbrough stated.

"This exciting technology is undoubtedly one of the most important investments undertaken this century for a community in a unique Atlantic location, which relies on its links with the outside world."

He said that, whatever the weather or the conditions, local businesses are able to rely on high-speed broadband to work more efficiently and find new customers.

At the same time, households can benefit from improved learning and entertainment opportunities, Mr Scarbrough added.

The aim of the £132 million Superfast Cornwall project is to make fibre broadband services available to 99 per cent of homes and businesses across the county by 2019.

At the last count, around 237,000 premises had been passed by BT's network and 60,000 customers had signed up for a super-fast broadband deal.

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