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Business Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

Upgrade to Hyperfast, Gigabit Broadband with a £3,000 grant awarded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sports.

After the successful launch and rapid consumption of the Connection Voucher Scheme and its funding, launched by the UK Government in 2015, a second incentive has been begun offering businesses the opportunity to claim up to £3,000 to offset the procurement of Gigabit-capable connectivity.

General Information

SME’s (Small or Medium Enterprises) nationwide that are interested in procuring Gigabit connectivity for their business are now in a great position to do so.

The UK Government, in late 2017 launched the first wave of its programme, the Local Full Fibre Network Programme, where £10m was allocated for five pilot areas across the country.  

Following the Local Full fibre Network Programme, an incentive known as the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme was launched in March 2018 “which has the strategic objective of increasing full fibre coverage across the UK”.

To achieve this the scheme encourages businesses (SME’s) to apply for a voucher of up to £3,000, which will go towards the cost of procuring Gigabit connectivity for their business. This is generally used to support the installation cost, which after the use of the voucher, usually renders the service as a ‘free’ install; which is a rare luxury. 

To find out if your business can receive Hyperfast Internet and up to £3,000 of Government funding towards Gigabit Internet, simply enter your postcode below.

Frequently Asked Questions

The basic conditions are: The business cannot employ more than 249 people. The annual turnover of the business is below €50m. The business has not received more than €200,000 in the current and two previous financial years in De Minimis State aid.

The grant has been set up to pay for the cost of installing the physical infrastructure required. In this case digging fibre-optic cables to your premises. It also covers the cost for the hardware needed for the service to run. This will be a gigabit capable router.

It is a relatively pain-free process. Once you have spoken to us about your requirements, an application is sent off to the DCMS, they then confirm your application to you. We then begin the process of surveying your premises and the installation of the service.

There is a voucher scheme for residential application, but we do not provide these types of services. You can find out more about residential services here.

If fibre is already connected to your premises then sadly you cannot use the voucher. But, if you have an FTTC service you can – as fibre is connected to your cabinet.

What is Gigabit Connectivity?

The advancement of Internet speeds, reliability and its security has increased exponentially since the early days of Broadband. For those who had to suffer through dial-up, it is space-age technology, in comparison.

Gigabit connectivity is the next step in Internet connectivity technology for both businesses and consumers. The infrastructure used is fully fibre, meaning that there is no use of the old copper framework that users already rely on so much. This upgrade means that there are improvements across-the-board, not only with speed but with reliability, security and capacity – all of which are vastly improved. 

The type of connectivity Gigabit speeds are achieved over, is known as a Leased Line. This means you ‘lease’ your own private, dedicated line to the provider or carriers core network, bypassing all other contended connectivity. A common analogy used is, imagine a public motorway? It is filled with dangers and risks, not to mention the traffic and congestion. Well now imagine your, private motorway, dedicated for your use, free of traffic both ways (what a dream). Well, this is what a Leased Line is. 

Never Look Back

Procuring Gigabit connectivity is one of those decisions that businesses wish they’d made much sooner. The benefits can only be felt once it is live, but we guarantee satisfaction.

The Gigabit Voucher Scheme is a unique opportunity for businesses to acquire full fibre connectivity, without the large initial investment attached. 

Get in touch today to discuss your requirements and the next steps for application. Simply click below, give us a call or send us an email. Additionally, if you have any questions just reach out. 


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