Research and reports

The Economic Impact of BT across the UK

Economic Impact ReportThe latest version of the Social Study 2013 – the Economic Impact of BT across the UK - is now available.

The report has been produced by Regeneris Consulting, an independent economics firm that provides research-based advice to major corporates, developers, national government bodies and local government. Regeneris 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 £18.5billion GVA which equates to BT supporting £1 in every £70 of GVA in the UK economy.

The report also details BT’s investment in Next Generation Broadband and its investment in Community and Sustainability through our Better Future programme. 

The Ultrafast Lane: How new fibre broadband investment can help British cities pull ahead

How New Fibre Broadband Investment Can Help British Cities Pull AheadThis 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. 

Download the full report 'The Ultrafast Lane: How new fibre broadband investment can help British cities pull ahead'.  

Superfast Broadband – Boosting Business and the UK Economy 

Superfast Broadband – Boosting Business and the UK EconomyBT 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.  

Just Economics

Digital Inclusion – The Social Return on Investment (June 2014)Digital inclusion – The social return on investment (June 2014)

This analysis focuses on the BT Get IT Together projects that provide training and skills to digitally excluded groups in low income areas. The projects, primarily delivered by Citizens Online, operate in 15 locations around the UK focused on the most disadvantaged areas. Social Return on Investment is a methodology which enables the monetisation of outcomes that have traditionally not been financially valued. The research revealed the social benefits of getting online are worth more than £1,000 a year to someone using the internet for the first time. For someone using the internet for the first time, this was calculated at £1,064 and comes from a combination of benefits ranging from financial savings and improved employment opportunities to reduced feelings of isolation and improved confidence.

Vanson Bourne

The Art of Connecting Global Business: A barometer of executives’ views on the Opportunities & Challenges of International Growth (June 2014)The art of connecting global business: A barometer of executives’ views on the opportunities & challenges of international growth (June 2014)

This report commissioned by BT explores the reasons for international expansion, which markets are desirable and why, the effects of being a ‘digital first’ economy and barriers to expansion. The report shows that the UK is the most desirable market in Europe, and second in the world, for companies looking to expand their business overseas. The survey confirmed that technology plays an important role in the decision making process and over half of business decision makers feel the most crucial factor to the successful running of a global organisation is reliable communications amongst all branches / territories. Significantly, 91% of businesses say that if a country is a “digital-first” economy then this is of “great help” when expanding into it. “Digital first” economies are those which have a ubiquitous, nationwide, high speed internet connection.

Analysys Mason

International Benchmark of Superfast Broadband (November 2013)International benchmark of superfast broadband (November 2013)

This BT commisioned report aims to answer the question of whether the UK is falling behind its international peers in superfast broadband services. Written by Analysys Mason, an independent telecoms consultancy and research company, it presents factual data up to 2012 alongside Analysys Mason’s forecasts to 2018. The report reveals that the UK is ahead of its European peers on measures such as coverage, take-up, average speeds and prices – boasting the most competitive broadband market out of all countries featured in the report.

Analysys Mason

White Paper – The Realities of Connecting Final 10%’ of the UK with Superfast Broadband (September 2013)White Paper – The realities of connecting 'final 10%’ of the UK with superfast broadband (September 2013)

This white paper has been written by Analysys Mason, an independent telecoms consultancy and research company. It helps communities understand what is involved in connecting the final 10% of premises in the most rural parts of the UK with superfast broadband.


UK Broadband Impact StudyUK broadband impact study (November 2013)

This report summarises the findings from a full years work, starting with a review of over 100 of the most reliable studies on broadband impact (previously published in the Literature Review). Building on this, with additional analysis of all other relevant data sources, the Broadband Impact Model was developed. The Model quantifies the expected economic, social and environmental impacts of faster broadband on the UK. Building up from a detailed geographic level, with over 175,000 unique data points and utilising monte-carlo simulation, the Model is the most in-depth and rigorous examination of the impact of faster broadband in the UK to date.