Advance Notice – Small or medium-sized businesses in the UK may be able to access a capital grant of up to £3,000 to upgrade their business broadband to a Gigabit capable connection through this programme.
- Funding body:
- Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
- Maximum value:
- £ 3,000
- Application deadline:
- None specified
This programme is provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).
Objectives of Fund
The Government believes full fibre networks are the future and that getting ready for a gigabit speed is a key step for most businesses. Optical fibre-based networks are faster, more reliable, easier to upgrade and set the standard for connectivity. Demand for greater and greater digital connectivity in terms of speed and reliability is expected to grow exponentially in future years.
The Nationwide Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) is part of a government plan to get more businesses connected to full fibre broadband. It will provide vouchers worth up to £3,000 for small or medium-sized firms to help with the costs of connecting to the service.
The government is committed to making full fibre broadband available to at least 10 million homes and businesses by 2022. This next generation of connectivity will help the country to remain productive and competitive over the long-term, creating a Britain ‘fit for the future’, and enabling businesses to create better, higher-paying jobs in every part of the UK.
Full fibre connections are faster, more reliable and cheaper to operate than traditional copper lines, and are capable of supporting not only gigabit, but terabit and even petabit speeds, which will serve the UK far into the future.
Business vouchers of up to £3,000 are available.
Who Can Apply
The scheme is open to small and medium-sized businesses across the UK.
Vouchers are available to customers of broadband suppliers who have registered for the scheme.
Terms and Conditions
Full terms and conditions will be provided upon application.
Businesses that already have a gigabit capable connection are not eligible for a voucher.
The scheme cannot pay any VAT or monthly charges.
Vouchers will support the capital costs of delivering a new gigabit capable connection to a business premises. The new connection must have a minimum speed of 100mbps and represent at least a doubling of speed compared to the service the business currently has.
The trial voucher scheme will only allow vouchers to be used to help pay for new connections that are “gigabit capable”. Generally, this will mean that the connection is physically delivered using a fibre optic cable directly into the premises (FTTP). Connections delivered this way are future-proof and have the capability to provide incredibly fast and reliable broadband connections. Other technologies are supported by the Scheme – for example, wireless – but these too must provide gigabit capable connectivity.
The initiative will only support the costs of broadband products that meet the step-change, performance and consumption requirements of the scheme.
Balance sheet of less than €43 million or a turn-over of less than €50 million.
How To Apply
The scheme will be open until March 2021 or until all available funding has been allocated.
The DCMS will stop issuing vouchers when the fund has been allocated or by March 2021 – whichever is sooner.