Dr Ranulf Scarbrough jointly conceived and now leads Superfast Cornwall on behalf of BT. The ground breaking £132m programme is funded by the EU (ERDF), BT and Cornwall Council and has made Cornwall the best connected rural location in the world. It's seen by policy makers as a powerful model for rural fibre deployment; it is the blueprint for the UK governments £2bn+ ‘BDUK programme’ and has been recognised with multiple international awards.
Fibre is already available to over 90% of Cornwall including 75,000 premises passed with FTTP. There over 55,000 connections including 6,000 SMEs who have created over 2,000 jobs. Ranulf is a physics graduate, holds an MSc degree from University College London, a doctoral degree from Oxford University and is a chartered electrical engineer. In BT he previously led research into long term network evolution and collaborative innovation programmes with some of BT’s largest customers. His earlier career spells with Reuters PLC and technology start-ups Radianz Inc and FutureTV Inc in strategy, technology and marketing roles both in the UK and in the US, Europe and Asia. Ranulf is a board governor of Plymouth University and since 2013 has also assumed responsibility for the delivery of BT’s NGA public-partnerships in the south of the UK.