Gigabit Voucher Scheme gives £3K for fibre broadband
Small or medium sized businesses may able to get a grant of up to £3,000 to upgrade their business broadband to a Gigabit capable fibre connection under the new Government Gigabit Voucher Scheme.
The new Gigabit Voucher Scheme provides vouchers worth up to £3,000 to support the capital costs of getting new gigabit capable connections for businesses in certain regions. With businesses demanding greater digital connectivity, this Gigabit Voucher Scheme aims to accelerate the roll-out of Gigabit-capable services to business customers by making the switch to full-fibre more affordable for SMEs. Fibre-based broadband networks are faster, more reliable and easier to upgrade, so are seen as the gold standard for connectivity.
What areas does the Gigabit Voucher Scheme cover?
The Gigabit Voucher Scheme is available to businesses in the following areas with more areas to come:
– Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
– Bristol, with Bath and North East Somerset
– Coventry and Warwickshire
– West Yorkshire Combined Authority (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield and York)
Find out what’s available to you using the Government portal.
STL is a leading supplier of fibre broadband connections for businesses. We are part of an approved supplier list for the voucher scheme with Entanet, who have a number of products registered with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The vouchers can be used to fund new connections that are ‘gigabit-capable’ and deliver a minimum of 100Mbps from day one. Businesses eligible for the vouchers will be able to reduce the £3,000 install charge to £0.
Entanet’s Head of Products, Paul Heritage-Redpath, said: “The initial four areas are already covered by our own CityFibre full-fibre infrastructure and the voucher scheme presents businesses in these regions with the chance to take full advantage of connectivity services that significantly enhance their competitive edge.”
Phil Donigan, STL’s Sales Director said, “The new Government funded Gigabit Voucher Scheme means that there is up to £3,000 funding available for each Gigabit capable service that we install through Entanet, provided it’s in one of the four qualifying areas. This is a huge financial benefit to help those businesses to get fast fibre connectivity, especially as we are also able to offer some very competitive monthly charges to further aid the delivery of fibre connectivity to businesses.”
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