Everything you need to know about the Gigabit broadband voucher scheme
Introduction to the scheme
The Gigabit broadband voucher scheme aims to increase the spread of ultrafast fibre infrastructure available across the whole of the UK by allowing SMEs and homeowners to apply for grants towards the installation costs for full fibre (ultrafast) broadband.
The business case for full fibre broadband is a strong one, noted by many companies at board level across the UK who have adopted a full fibre broadband connection. In a recent study by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, 86% of companies who had upgraded their broadband to full fibre noted that it improved their employees’ effectiveness, and almost 70% reported increased speed and reliability in their delivery of goods or services. The case for full fibre infrastructure to be made more readily available in the UK is strong, and at Spectrum Internet we’re leading the change.
Who is eligible for a grant?
The Gigabit broadband voucher scheme is open to all UK businesses and homeowners that can’t currently access ultrafast speeds. A grant can be applied for by the homeowner or business, that can be used in conjunction with a fibre broadband order with Spectrum Internet.
The vouchers are intended to facilitate the installation of significantly better bandwidth, with successful applicants required to take contracts for 100mbps or higher, however a connection of up to 1gbps will be possible, should it be required.
Spectrum Internet has infrastructure in South Wales and the South West of England, so if you are a business in these areas we want to hear from you.
With the Gigabit broadband voucher scheme, you will see immediate improvement in your connectivity, such as:
Increased productivity with your employees
A network capability of up to 1Gb…now that’s fast!
With speeds so fast and reliable you can work remotely from your office
A greater ability to rely on cloud computing
How much of a grant can I get under the Gigabit broadband voucher scheme?
Small businesses can receive up to £3,000 towards the installation of full fibre broadband for their premises and homeowners can receive a voucher worth up to £500. The cost of installation will vary depending on your home or business location, but in many cases the grant will cover all costs. Tenants in industrial parks or multi-tenant buildings can work together and combine their grants to cover all of the installation costs.
Why would I want full fibre broadband?
“Traditional” broadband, known as ADSL, uses copper telephone cabling and is typically what premises with poor broadband speeds are currently using. The copper cabling in place for phone services was never designed for internet connectivity. It’s only capable of slow speeds that get even slower the further you are from the exchange (the building your broadband is connected to). Copper also degrades over time, and in some areas this cabling can be as much as 50 years old, and it’s only going to get slower as time goes on.
So if you want faster broadband to be able to back up data in the cloud, use VoIP for your telephony, transact quickly with customers, and download and share files at speed, then apply for your Gigabit Bristol voucher voucher today.
How do I apply for the Gigabit broadband voucher scheme?
You can apply for the Gigabit broadband voucher scheme by filling in the registration form here. We will then submit your application to the government and perform a site survey on your property to ensure we are able to install the service in your area…and way you go with ultrafast, next generation speeds that won’t cost you the earth.