Measuring the huge impact of superfast broadband

Superfast Cornwall has carried out world leading research into the impact of superfast broadband on the local economy. The pioneering programme has been the catalyst for large-scale economic growth, according to independent research published by SERIO at Plymouth University and Buckman Associates. Current independent evaluation is undertaken by PFA Research.

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.

The documents relating to this evaluation are available below:

Superfast Cornwall Evaluation Report (September 2020)

Superfast Evaluation Report (June 2019)

Superfast Cornwall Evaluation Report (June 2018)

Baseline Summary Report (April 2017)

Evaluation Documents

The documents and reports that underpin the evaluation findings are:

Superfast Cornwall Evaluation 2015
Superfast Cornwall Final Evaluation Report – Executive Summary (June 2015) – SERIO
SFC Environmental Monitoring Report June 2015

Previous reports:

Superfast Cornwall Evaluation Update Report (May 2014)
Research Summary Report (Nov 2013)
Superfast Cornwall Evaluation mid term report (Nov 2013) – SERIO
Superfast Cornwall Evaluation (Appendices) – mid term report (Nov 2013) – SERIO
Superfast Cornwall Evaluation – baseline report (Nov 2011) – SERIO
MfE plan Superfast Cornwall FINAL

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 Longitudinal Business Survey Wave One (May 2014)
SME Benefits and Business Opportunities with Superfast Broadband (Nov 2013) -BT and Plymouth University
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.