The impact of superfast, so far...
World leading research into the impact of superfast broadband on the local economy
Superfast Cornwall, the pioneering fibre broadband programme funded by the EU, BT and Cornwall Council, has been the catalyst for large-scale economic growth in Cornwall, bringing £186.1 million of economic benefit, according to, independent research published by SERIO at Plymouth University and Buckman Associates.
The research estimates that more than 12,000 Cornish companies are connected to the high-speed network, resulting in 2000 new jobs being created and a further 2500 safeguarded. The research involved more than 2000 separate survey responses and is thought to be the UK’s most advanced piece of research into the economic impact of fibre broadband.
This report shows the full success of the programme, with a prediction that by June 2016 – a year after the completion of the first stage roll-out - the impact will increase from £186.1m to over £250m.
The Superfast Cornwall Evaluation
The Superfast Cornwall evaluation has been carried out by SERIO at Plymouth University, with the final report now available. The documents and reports that underpin the evaluation findings are:
Superfast Cornwall Evaluation
Superfast Cornwall had also commissioned research that has indicated how Cornwall’s new superfast fibre broadband network is providing a major economic boost to SMEs. This research includes:
- the Superfast Cornwall longitudinal business survey, undertaken by SERIO (Plymouth University), which captures more detailed information and complements the main evaluation.
- a qualitative study undertaken by BT and Plymouth University, looking at SMEs that have adopted superfast broadband. The study investigated the impacts of the technology and provides in-depth commentary around businesses’ experience of superfast broadband
Superfast Cornwall Research:
Results of an exploratory study on Cornish Small to Medium-sized Enterprises’ (SMEs) intentions, experiences, and outcomes of adopting Superfast Broadband (Sept 2013) – MBA dissertation for Exeter University
Superfast Cornwall research and innovation
In conjunction with the Superfast Cornwall evaluation, a programme of research and innovation projects have been undertaken. For more information on this, see the Research & Innovation page.