UK Businesses have been urged to register for the Government backed Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme before it closes due to high demand.
The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme allows businesses to claim up to £2,500 towards superfast fibre broadband. The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme has already helped more than 7,000 UK businesses and surrounding homes, who have used the vouchers to contribute to and in many cases fully fund the installation cost of a full fibre gigabit capable connection. For more information and to register
Initially the £67 million backed scheme was expected to run until March 2021 and provided up to £3,000 off the cost of fibre broadband. High demand for vouchers means that funds are now expected to be exhausted by at least 2020, and if the current rate uptakes continues it may end even sooner.
So far demand for the Gigabit vouchers has been highest in the South West, followed by the South East, Yorkshire and the North West. The full breakdown of Gigabit vouchers issued by region is shown below:
Gigabit Broadband Vouchers issued per region
- South West: 1,613
- South East: 927
- Yorkshire and The Humber: 871
- North West: 745
- London: 661
- West Midlands: 475
- East of England: 407
- East Midlands: 369
- Northern Ireland: 418
- Scotland: 315
- North East: 68
- Wales: 58
The Department for Digital, Media and Sport (DCMS) will be carefully monitoring take-up following the latest change to the Gigiabit voucher scheme criteria, to encourage take-up in areas that have yet to fully utilise the scheme, especially in Wales and Scotland.
The scheme is part of a series of Government initiatives to build a Britain with nationwide full fibre broadband coverage by 2033, making sure no communities are left behind. In addition to the voucher scheme, the Chancellor recently announced £200 million for an ‘outside-in’ approach that will see full fibre broadband rolled out in the hardest to reach rural locations at the same pace as the rest of the country.
The UK now has 95% coverage for superfast broadband with speeds of 24 megabits per second or higher. However, most superfast connections are Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) and are not ‘true fibre’ and are still dependent on copper telephone wires, which are limited in the speeds they can support. Find out more….
For the fastest and most reliable broadband, capable of delivering gigabit speeds, a full fibre connection is either as Fibre to the Premise (FTTP) or a leased line. 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.