The government has committed to making internet connections faster across the UK. Their vision involves a full fibre roll-out, and to help get this going they’ve set up the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. This lets small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) claim a voucher worth up to £2,500 which they can use towards the cost of installing a gigabit internet connection.
We’re a supplier of the Scheme and we’re going to tell you how the voucher works, the benefits of having a gigabit connection and why you should apply for a voucher with us.
What is the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme?
The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme was announced by the government in March 2018. It’s part of the Local Full Fibre Networks programme which launched in late 2017. The Scheme lets businesses apply for a voucher which grants them up to £2,500 towards the cost of installing a gigabit broadband connection.
How Does the Voucher Work?
We’re a registered supplier of the Scheme which means you can apply for a voucher with us. We’ll contact the government and request a voucher for you. The government will then get in touch with you to confirm you’re happy to go ahead with your application.
Next, we’ll begin installing your connection and let the government know when we’re done. Finally, they’ll ask you to confirm everything’s working and may make some final background checks before they pay.
What is a Gigabit Connection?
Right now, the UK has 95% coverage for broadband with speeds of 24 megabits per second or higher. But many of these connections depend on a copper telephone wire which can only support a limited speed.
One gigabit is equal to 1,000 megabits. To get those speeds, you’ll need a full fibre connection. Full fibre also supports symmetrical connections, giving you matching upload and download speeds.
Why Apply with Optimity?
There are lots of reasons why we’re the right supplier for you. With us, you get:
- Matching upload and download speeds – no slowdowns or buffering
- Your own dedicated, uncontended full fibre connection
- Flexibility with a range of speeds from 100Mbps up to 10Gbps+
- 24/7 UK support
- A dedicated account manager
Am I Eligible for a Voucher?
Before you apply, you need to check you’re eligible for a voucher. The Scheme is only open to small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs). The government defines SMBs as companies with under 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than €50 million.
You can’t have had more than the allowed amount of de minimis aid in the last three years. Also, if you already have an internet connection that’s capable of 1Gbps, you can’t apply. You can read the full terms and conditions.
How Do I Apply?
Applying for a voucher with us is simple. Just go to this page and tell us a bit about yourself.