Research and reports
The Ultrafast Lane: How new fibre broadband investment can help British cities pull ahead
This report examines how British cities have been affected by recent economic history and looks at the challenges that lie ahead. It considers the potential role of high speed fibre broadband in the further regeneration of city economies. It is informed by in-depth economic analyses of the potential impact of fibre broadband rollout on the whole economy (Gross Value Added or GVA) of the UK’s cities by Regeneris, a leading economic consultancy.
The main purpose of the report is to consider how cities can use modest, targeted investments in growth enabled by broadband technology as an element in their wider economic development plans.
It is co-authored by Professor Tony Travers and Don Levett. Tony is a British academic and journalist, specialising in issues affecting local government. He is the director of the Greater London Group at the London School of Economics & Political Science. He has also published a number of books on cities and government. Don is an Interdisciplinary Analyst with experience in urban regeneration start-ups, market research, strategy consulting and private equity.
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The impact of BT across the UK
The latest version of the Social Study 2012 – “The Economic Impact of BT across the UK” is now available and has been produced in partnership with Regeneris – an independent economics firm, working across the UK that specialises in preparing robust assessments of economic impact, focusing on the impact of new technology, physical developments, policy changes or corporate impact.
The study demonstrates the economic contribution of BT to the national and local economies in terms of jobs, output and Gross Value Add (GVA) supported. It highlights BT’s total impact across the UK amounts to over £17 billion GVA which equates to BT supporting £1 in every £70 of GVA in the UK economy.
Regeneris have analysed the overall UK position as well as each area of the UK, and taken into account the shift in policy focus, the demise of Regional Development Agencies and the emphasis on Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in England.
In addition, recognising our major infrastructure investment in superfast broadband and next generation technologies, the report includes a summary of some key modelling and case studies undertaken by Regeneris to demonstrate the economic impact that broadband has already had on different communities in towns, cities and rural counties.
The full report, with a new interactive map of the UK, individual versions of the report for each area of England, plus Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is available to view and download from www.btsocialstudy.co.uk.
Superfast Broadband – Boosting Business and the UK Economy
BT is investing £2.5bn to rollout superfast broadband to two-thirds of UK consumer and business premises by the end of 2014. We believe that superfast broadband has the potential to transform local economies, businesses, households and public services, and to bring new opportunities to all parts of the community. To highlight the impacts for local businesses in particular, we commissioned independent economic consultants Regeneris Consulting to prepare a report ‘Superfast Broadband – Boosting Business and the UK Economy’.
This is the first report to look in detail at superfast broadband at a local level. Based on an analysis of Openreach rollout plans published to date and local conditions, the report projects and quantifies the likely impacts of superfast broadband on growth over the next 15 years.
Investment in superfast broadband is not only about making an economic impact. This report challenges us all to think about what superfast broadband could do to bring change for the better to all of our communities. The full report is available to download.