Around 1,000 premises in Chacewater and Blackwater, near Truro, have become the first in Cornwall to be given access to superfast-broadband under a BT-led scheme.

The project, which was unveiled by BT and Cornwall Council in September last year, is designed to bring speeds of 'up to 100Mbps' to all residents and businesses in the area. Around 80 to 90 percent of premises in Cornwall will given access to the web via fibre broadband – a mixture of fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) and fibre-to-the-premise (FTTP) technology.

The remaining residents in Cornwall will be connected to the web using satellite, wireless and other technologies.

BT is investing £78.5m into the scheme, with a further £53.5m coming from the EU Convergence Fund, which is designed to improve the economies of cities across the European Union.

Around 100 miles of fibre optic cable have been laid as part of the project, which is due for completion in 2014. Sopme 50 customers have already been connected to the service, and BT hopes around 14,000 customers will be able to access the service by the end of this month.

Carolyn Rule, Cornwall Council cabinet member for economy and regeneration, said: "The Superfast Cornwall programme is certainly living up to its name. We are very pleased with its progress and the fact that this key milestone in the programme has been reached right on schedule".

"Super-fast broadband is already available to the first customers about six months after the scheme was first announced. It is a great achievement."