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Undersea cable brings superfast broadband to Scillies

The cable ship Resolute is moored off the island of St Mary's Photo: ITV News Westcountry

A pioneering project is underway to make the Isles of Scilly some of the best connected islands in the world.

The 12,184 tonne cable ship Resolute is moored off the island of St Mary's to lay a fibre optic cable under the sea to Porthcressa.

The 60km cable will link up with a high speed line out in the Atlantic which runs from Porthcurno in Cornwall to Santander in Spain.

The 60km cable will link up with a high speed line out in the Atlantic Credit: ITV News West Country

Until now, the 2,200 residents of the Isles of Scilly have relied upon a broadband service provided by a radio link between Lands End and the islands.

The month long project will see the five islands receive up to ten times their current internet speed.

The scheme is part of the £132 million Superfast Cornwall initiative between the European Regional Development Fund, BT and Cornwall Council, which plans to make fibre broadband available to 95 per cent of homes and premises on Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly by the end of 2014.

“The people of the Isles of Scilly are determined to make the most of this exciting technology. Superfast broadband will provide a major boost for local businesses and offer the kind of online opportunities, which would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. Businesses on Scilly might be located in one of the most remote parts of the UK, but they will be right at the centre of the superfast broadband revolution.”

– Nigel Ashcroft, Superfast Cornwall programme director for Cornwall Development Company