Our heritage


The story of BT, the world’s oldest telecommunications company, is effectively the history of communications services in the UK and across the world.

Our history is a fascinating weave of corporate development and individual endeavour, of public service and private enterprise, of invention and technological innovation. It stretches from the birth of the electric telegraph in the 1830s, through state ownership and the reintroduction of competition, to the explosion of the Internet and the rise of Broadband Britain.

But it’s also the story of its greatest asset - the generations of people who have worked for the company. How thousands upon thousands of BT people over almost 165 years have played their part.

And it's a story that has far from ended. As the boundaries between telecommunications and other technologies become increasingly blurred, BT remains at the cutting edge of communications technology.

Huge projects such as the development of our new 21st Century Network are just the latest in a long tradition of BT firsts that have enabled communications to make a better world.

Our history is still being made.