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Superfast broadband for Isles of Scilly

Engineers laying superfast broadband cables in Cornwall. Credit: ITV News West Country

An ambitious scheme to provide superfast Broadband for the Isles of Scilly has been unveiled by BT.

It's expected that the first customers will be connected during the first half of 2014.

A cable ship is due to spend about a month later this year cutting and moving two cables, which had previously been used for communications between the UK and Ireland and Spain, and connecting them to the islands.

It's expected to cost more than three million pounds and will provide the islanders with some of the fastest internet connections in the country.

Contest to design the next hit mobile app in Exeter

Could the next Angry Birds game be developed this weekend in Exeter?

Teams from universities throughout the West Country are taking part in a contest this weekend to create a new app for your mobile phone or tablet.

It's part of a worldwide challenge to find the next great use for mobile technology.

Richard Lawrence has been at Exeter University:


Eyeball push marks hospital move

The inflatable eyeball will be pushed four miles Credit: Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Staff from Plymouth's Royal Eye Infirmary will this afternoon mark their move to new facilities at Derriford Hospital by pushing a giant inflatable eyeball between the two locations. Around 20 NHS workers are expected to take part in the event, starting at 2pm from Apsley Road.

The team will then travel up Mannamead road, crossing under Manadon roundabout to Tavistock road, up to Crownhill before heading into the hospital site from Derriford Road. They hope to finish around 4.30pm

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Plymouth's Royal Eye Infirmary moving sites after 112 years

One of Plymouth's oldest institutions is about to relocate, ending more than a century of history. The city's 112 year-old Royal Eye Infirmary is moving from the city centre to a new purpose-built suite with operating theatres and consulting rooms at Derriford Hospital.

Five million pounds has been spent on the development, which has been planned for decades.

Plymouth's eye hospital to move

Treatment at Royal Eye Infirmary Credit: Itv News West Country

One of Plymouth's oldest institutions is about to move. The city's 112 year old Royal Eye Infirmary is transferring from its old building in the city centre to a new purpose built suite of operating theatres and consulting rooms at Derriford Hospital.

Five million pounds has been spent on the new development, which has been planned for decades.

The REI was opened back in 1901, with royal approval from King Edward VII. At the time it was thought to be cutting edge, but it's now far from ideal as a modern hospital.

It's built on three floors and at its heart is a winding staircase. All the departments are in different places making them really difficult to get to.

The replacement suite at Derriford will be filled with state of the art equipment for laser eye surgery and some of the intricate procedures carried out by the ophthalmic consultants. it will still be called the Royal Eye Infirmary.


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Yeovil player features in football game

A former Yeovil Town player has had his skills transferred from the pitch to pixels.

In a bit of a contrast from usual league soccer, Darren Laver is trying to bring a bit of flair and imagination into our rather stolid English game.

His ball skills have won him international recognition and he now appears in a video game alongside footballing greats like Ronaldo and Messi.

Mobile phone app to help motorists involved in collisions

A new way of saving the lives of people caught in road accidents was launched today.

It's an app you can download to your mobile phone that is full of vital information that could help you and the emergency services.

It was launched in Exeter today, as Richard Lawrence reports:

The 'P.A.N.I.C' App has been developed in partnership with the Police, Fire service, Ambulance service and Devon County Council.

PANIC stands for Protect, Assess, Number, Injuries and Call which tells the user exactly what to do in the event of a crash.

It was developed after 18 year old Nicole Perrett from South Devon admitted that she did not know what to do when she was involved in a crash.

The App will be available in Apple, Android and Blackberry versions and available on the Learn2Live website.

Bideford to get super-fast broadband

High-speed broadband will be available to more than ten thousand homes in Bideford next year.

The town is one of eight South West locations – and the first in North Devon – set to benefit from the latest phase of a £2.5 billion ‘super-fast’ fibre optic roll-out.

BT says the upgraded connection will offer speeds many times faster than those currently available to most UK homes and businesses, with typical download speeds of up to 80Mbps.

The UK’s current average broadband speed is 7.6Mbps, according to regulator Ofcom.

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