A gigabit connection can offer a internet service with speeds of up to 1,000 Mbps, meaning a faster and more capable connection for your business and your customers. It provides faster upload and download times allowing your business to run technologies such as hosted Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephony and cloud applications. The grants are issued in the form of vouchers, and businesses can claim up to £2,500 towards the cost of upgrading.
What is the Gigabit Voucher Scheme?
The UK’s Government is committed to a vision of a Full Fibre Britain. In March 2018 they announced £67 million of funding to SME businesses to upgrade their internet. The scheme will run until 2021 or until the funding has been fully allocated. Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit-capable connection and up to £2,500 can be claimed against the cost of connection.
Why connectivity is important to UK businesses:
67% of firms depend on connectivity to function
94% say good connectivity is essential to productivity
Government voucher funding is now 77% consumed, and DCMS have advised that there are projects submitted which, if approved, would consume the remaining funding available. To learn more about your government funding options, Contact us or read more about our Data Connectivity services.
Businesses that are eligible for gigabit vouchers need to access the scheme through a supplier. The chart below shows the step-by-step process that each voucher recipient will go through to activate their voucher.
What is a Gigabit Connection ‘Full Fibre’?
The UK now has more than 95% coverage for superfast broadband with speeds of 24 megabits per second or higher. However, most superfast connections still depend on copper telephone wires, which are limited in the speeds they can support. For the fastest and most reliable broadband, capable of delivering gigabit speeds, a full fibre broadband connection is required.
One gigabit is the same as 1,000 megabits – so it’s a big leap forward in connection speeds that could benefit you and your business into the future. Full fibre also supports symmetrical connections – meaning your upload and download speeds can be the same.
Today businesses are making use of the latest technologies, such as Cloud-based applications and storage, internet connected devices, cyber security systems, back-ups, VoIP and video conferencing. However, to make the most of these technologies you need fast and reliable connectivity with the bandwidth to be able to handle them.
As a registered supplier of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme we’d be delighted to help your business. Claim your voucher by contacting us and we will guide you through the completion of the application form.
Do you qualify for the voucher?
The Scheme is for Small and Medium sized (SME) businesses based in the UK who:
Employ fewer than 250 staff
Balance sheet is below €43m or annual turnover is below €50m
Not a subsidiary and/or under the control of a larger SME entity
Received less than €200k in public grants over last 3 years
Vouchers help support the capital costs of delivering a new fibre broadband, gigabit capable connection to your business premises. If you already have a gigabit capable connection you are not eligible for a voucher. Your new connection must have a minimum speed of 100 Mbit/s and represent at least a doubling of speed compared to the service you have now.
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The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network.
The technical storage or access is necessary for the legitimate purpose of storing preferences that are not requested by the subscriber or user.
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