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26 November 2015

BT celebrates four decades of pioneering research

BT Celebrates four decades of pioneering research 

BT has been celebrating 40 years of producing world-shaping innovation at its Adastral Park research and development centre near Ipswich.

It was back in November 1975, when the Queen officially opened the Post Office research centre at Martlesham Heath, Suffolk ushering in a new age of telecoms innovation.

Adastral Park is the hub of BT’s research and engineering. It’s recognised globally for its major role in the development of technologies including single-mode optical fibre, mobile data services, TV and broadband. 

David Hay, BT head of heritage and archives said: “As the world’s oldest communications company, BT has a proud heritage of telecommunications innovation over the past 170 years. It includes many significant technological advances developed at Adastral Park since the move of the research laboratories there in 1975 from Dollis Hill in north London.”

Playing a part

To help commemorate 40 years of ingenious thinking, BT invited many of its long-serving and retired employees to a special event at Adastral Park - all of whom have played a significant role in the company’s research over four decades.

Tim Whitley, BT’s MD of research and innovation at Adastral Park said: “We held this wonderful event to celebrate the history of Adastral Park, and to recognise the achievements of generations of BT’s scientists, researchers and engineers who have helped transform telecommunications in the UK and worldwide.”