Press release

Broadband voted top engineering innovation of the Noughties

17 January 2014


Broadband has topped the list (53%) of the greatest engineering innovations of the last decade in a poll by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Broadband beat a number of other engineering and technology innovations hands down. The nearest other contenders for the title were smart phones (10%) and satellite navigation (10%). Joint bottom of the list (1%) were on demand television and android phone apps.

The survey of 2,011 adults aged 16-75 in Great Britain was carried out by Ipsos Mori on behalf of the IET to find out which 21st century engineering achievements are most valued by the general public.

Prof Will Stewart of the IET said: “Engineering and technology is everywhere. All of our most recent technology innovations are the result of engineering projects: social media, tablet computers, contactless payment technology are just a few examples.

“Not too long ago, superfast broadband was a future vision for a handful of engineers. Today it is available to almost three quarters of UK homes, enriching our lives and broadening our horizons in ways that we could only dream of until recently, and yet we all now take for granted. And the technology behind this vital infrastructure is improving all the time, promising all kinds of exciting new potential for the future.”

Media enquiries to:

Robert Beahan
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1438 767336
Mob: +44 (0)7595 400912
Email: rbeahan@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

  • Interview opportunities are available with IET spokespeople from a broad range of engineering and technology disciplines including cyber-security, energy, engineering skills, innovation, manufacturing, technology, transport and women in engineering.
  • The IET is one of the world’s largest organisations for engineers and technicians.  We have nearly 160,000 members in 127 countries around the world.
  • The IET is working to engineer a better world. We inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society.
  • The IET is the Professional Home for Life® for engineers and technicians, and a trusted source of Essential Engineering Intelligence® and thought leadership.