Are You Eligible For A Gigabit Broadband Voucher?
To ensure that UK businesses are keeping up with technology, the government has now launched a multi-million pound Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund to boost network growth. The scheme makes small and medium-sized businesses eligible to apply for Gigabit vouchers worth up to £3,000.
Firstly, what is full-fibre broadband?
A full-fibre broadband uses fibre-optic cables to deliver connection to your home or office, and it’s currently the fastest kind of broadband technology on sale. With a full-fibre cable, you will no longer rely on decades-old copper cables to provide your connection. Some of these copper cables are notorious for suffering faults and experiencing significant speed drop-offs at peak time.
Often, the full-fibre broadband is simply called “gigabit” as they can reach speeds of 1,000 Mbps. This is equal to one gigabit per second, and it will make quite a significant difference to the quality and speed delivered to UK regions today.
What is the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund?
While 5G and ultra-fast broadband has long been a present factor in political discussions here in the UK, the government has now publicly endorsed full-fibre broadband. Despite this, only 3% of the UK can currently boast of having access to the ultrafast broadband.
The government has now launched the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund to boost network growth and technology adoption across the country. It’s “vital to building the capacity that this country needs”, said Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport in a recent speech held at Tate Modern. “It demonstrates that full fibre is a thriving global market and that governments need to lead the way in making this country an attractive place to compete and invest”.
Ever since the launch, the government has been encouraging a broad range of local bodies across the country, as well as businesses meddling in health, education or transport, to apply for the fund.
Is your business eligible for the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund?
The Spring Statement 2018 recently allocated the first wave of funding meant for the Local Full Fibre Network scheme, and they will be providing over £95 million for 13 areas across the UK.
If you are a small or medium-sized business located in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Gigabit voucher worth up to £3,000 in order to upgrade your business broadband. The government’s goal is that a majority, if not all, of UK businesses will soon have access to a fast and reliable connection over gigabit infrastructure.
As the scheme is supplier-led, national and regional suppliers are welcomed to open for registration. If you are a small business, you can attempt to boost your voucher value by joining other businesses or residential customers in your area. Once you have a group, your supplier might be able to pool your vouchers together to subsidise the cost.
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