What is the Gigabit scheme?
As part of the UK Government’s pledge to deliver greater broadband connectivity, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) launched its Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme backed by a £67 million funding pot.
The scheme has been running since March 2018 and originally allowed businesses to claim up to £3,000 off the install of gigabit capable fibre broadband. Due to demand DCMS announced in November 2018 that the maximum value that can be now claimed has been lowered to £2,500.
This change in value highlights that the demand for the vouchers is exceeding capacity and businesses that are interested in saving money on new fibre broadband should act quickly to ensure that they don't miss out.
Claim your voucher
The Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme was designed to enable SMEs businesses to receive faster and more reliable connectivity. But remember, the scheme is only open until the Government funding runs out, so if your business is interested, it should act now and register with approved Gigabit provider EBC Group.
The Benefits of Gigabit
Once you have proper connectivity in place it's worth considering the host of business benefits that you will be able to access that will help transform your business from VoIP telephony to Cloud.
Here are four reasons to claim your Gigabit Voucher before it's too late!
Ultra fast speed
Ultrafast broadband speeds of over 100 Mbit/s. Giving you more speed to stream, work in the cloud and spend less on storage and recovery.
Superfast broadband can revolutionise the way business communicates with customers and colleagues. VoIP reduces telephone cost dramitically, whilst allowing everyhting from call routing to video conferencing.
Cloud solutions are very scalable and allow businesses to access a wide range of services as long as they have good connectivity. Cloud can reduce the level of investment a business might need to make in ICT hardware and software.
Faster broadband allows a workforce to work more flexibly from home, or another office, which can lead to increased productivity, greater employee satisfaction, reduced travel and importantly save money in the long term.
Are you eligable for Gigabit Vouchers?
To claim up to £2,500 off your fibre connectiivity through Gigabit Vouchers your business must meet the following criteria:
Your business should be classed as an SME. That means you have up to 249 employees, a balance sheet below €43 million or a turnover of less than €50 million, and haven’t received more than the permitted amount of de minimis aid in the last 3 years.
Great, only UK businesses are eligable for Gigabit Vouchers
You need to install fibre with that is receiving at least 100 Mbit/s from your connection. Or, the new gigabit connection must be at least double the speed of what you’re currently receiving.
Need more guidance?
For more information and guidance you can call our team on 0121 585 4400 or visit gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/terms-conditions for full details
How to claim
As a registered supplier of the Government Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme EBC Group will provide your business with a quote for connectivity and register for your vouchers. Register now and we will carry out the steps below.
Why EBC Group?
As a Total Solutions Provider, our approach makes us different to most other providers and means you only have to deal with one supplier, one point of contact and one monthly bill.
Our service can go way beyond just connectivity and we can assist you with everything from Wi-Fi solutions and Unified Communications to Cloud Hosting and Disaster Recovery.
We will plan, manage and support all of your IT and technology without the need to outsource to a third-party. Our own dual datacenetres with Point of Presence (POP) enables us to offer Co-location and private cloud solutions.
We believe in creating a partnership with our clients to deliver premium, bespoke solutions which keep our customers at the core of everything we do.