For more than a century now, we’ve looked to innovation to bring us new products and services, improved customer experience, efficiency gains and to unlock exciting new opportunities.
Our very origins can be traced back to an entrepreneurial fusion of business and innovation - on 12 June 1837 William Fothergill Cooke (an entrepreneur and business man) and Professor Sir Charles Wheatstone (an academic) filed a patent for the world’s first practical electric telegraph. These collaborators were excited by the commercial potential that the recently discovered phenomenon of electricity and magnetism could offer for communications.
From there, we can follow the development of a trailblazing company which has created, embraced and exploited technological innovation to change the world.
We conducted the world’s first wireless transmission across the Atlantic in 1926, built the first electronic programmable computer in 1943 and opened the world’s first digital telephone exchange in 1968.
We laid the first submarine single mode fibre cable in 1981 and the first commercial single mode fibre system in 1984 – the product of research at Martlesham in the early 1980s.
Today we’re working on things like innovative fibre technologies, smart cities and super secure communications which will transform millions of lives.
Our research centres around the world are leading in deriving standards for the next generation of fast copper systems and a new approach to ultra-high capacity core networks.
Our company’s purpose statement – using the power of communications to make a better world – is a rather snappy summary of something that has been in our DNA from the very start.