Telcom insight briefing:

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

A scheme by the Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport to bring ultrafast fibre internet to UK businesses & residents.

 

Double your business' internet speed, paid for by the Gigabit Connection Voucher Scheme

The new Government Gigabit Connection Voucher Scheme, organised by the Department for Digital, Culture Media & Sport, is a key part of the Government's strategy to bring gigabit connectivity to businesses across the UK.

Eligible businesses are able to claim a voucher to cover the cost of making their internet connection 'Gigabit ready', with speeds beginning at a superfast 100Mbps, all the way up to a blazing 1Gbps (or 1,000Mbps).

There are a limited number of vouchers to distribute nationally, so we recommend that businesses consider claiming on as soon as possible before they are all gone.

Business Voucher

Claim up to £3000

Moving into a new office space or wish to upgrade your existing connection in a building that already has access to fibre.

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Group Voucher

Claim dependant on group size

In an existing building or estate, and without access to affordable fibre connectivity? Pool yours and your neighbours vouchers together to unlock a whole building/estate fibre upgrade.

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  1. Read more about the scheme at gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk

How the speeds compare:

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Average UK speed:36Mbps

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Minimum scheme speed:100Mbps

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Top scheme speed:1Gbps

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"A world-class digital communications network is essential to ensure the UK’s future competitiveness in the global market and its ability to attract investment.

Faster and more reliable connections are transforming the way we live and work, and better broadband supports businesses to grow and become more productive."

Matt Hancock Minister of State for Digital & Culture

Currently available nationwide.

The Government Gigabit Connection Voucher Scheme is being deloyed in several 'waves', with the first wave being piloted in four key regions across the UK with the aim of supporting the installation of Gigabit-capable or local full fibre services to businesses or clusters of businesses to make them more competitive and profitable.

The Government Gigabit Connection Voucher Scheme is being deployed in several 'waves', with the first wave having being piloted in four key regions across the UK. The now expanded second wave of the scheme has been set up with the aim of supporting the installation of Gigabit-capable or local full fibre services to businesses or clusters of businesses to make them more competitive and profitable.

Check your businesses eligibility:

You are likely to be eligble for the scheme if:

  • You are located in the UK
  • Your company has less than 250 employees

Residents can now benefit from the voucher scheme:

As a part of the expanded scheme residential properties are now eligible to benefit from a gigabit voucher on the condition they are a part of a group scheme which includes businesses. To see if your property can benefit, start a group application now.

  1. Current list of local bodies: gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/home/local_bodies

Get the most out of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme

What does a Gigabit Voucher get you?

A Gigabit Broadband Voucher covers the cost of upgrading your business' internet connection to be capable of ultrafast, 'Gigabit' internet speeds.

Your business will gain a significantly faster connection, guaranteed to be the greater of either 100Mbps or twice your current speed, and upgradable to speeds up to and above 1Gbps if you ever need them. At Telcom we pride ourselves in our unique ability to deliver this ultrafast connectivity to you, with a business-grade uptime commitment, within days, and you don't need to pay a penny for the install.

You'll be in good company too; at Telcom we've worked with many great companies including

Customer case studies Uber Sky Google NHS

With a Telcom business connection, you also get as standard:

  • Ultrafast, symmetrical dedicated leased line
  • At least double your current internet speed or 100Mbps (whichever is greater)
  • Ability to upgrade to 1Gbps at any point
  • 100% uptime guarantee
  • Installed with days
  • Open & honest monthly pricing so you know you are getting the same deal as everyone else
  1. Telcom business connections are 'symmetrical' which simply means that a '1Gbps connection' will provide both a 1Gbps upload and 1Gbps download.
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Get in touch and we'll help you see if a Gigabit Voucher is right for your business

Our friendly team will answer any questions you have, confirm that your company is eligible, and send you a full proposal for how we can provide the best connection to suit your business.

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We look after your voucher application throughout the process

No voucher forms or paperwork for you to fill in. We'll tailor your connection and process all the paperwork to cover the cost of your install using the voucher. All you need to do is tell us how fast you want it.

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Your gigabit connection is installed within days, paid for by your voucher

Get all the benefits of one of Telcom's business internet connections for your business, with zero install cost, within days.

Frequently asked questions about the Gigabit Voucher Scheme

What does gigabit mean for your business?

Some of the transformative benefits the scheme provides to business include:

  • Faster internet access for increased productivity
  • Download speeds starting from 100 Mbit/s
  • Unlimited data usage
  • Installation free of charge (worth up to £3,000 via the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

How does the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme work?

The key steps are:

  1. Check the eligibility of your business
  2. Select the right Telcom package for your business
  3. Get in touch with us
  4. Telcom will update DCMS to reserve your connection voucher
  5. Your local council will review and approve your voucher
  6. Telcom will then deliver your connection and manage completion through the Scheme portal
  7. Your local council will carry out final checks
  8. You just then need to pay the VAT on the connection and the monthly charges for your new, ultrafast, gigabit-capable connection

Can my business apply for the voucher?

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is for small and medium size businesses across the UK. More information about the formal definition of a SME can be found here.

In summary an SME:

  1. Has up to 249 Employees
  2. A balance sheet of less than €43 million or a turnover of less than €50 million

You must not have received more than the permitted amount of de minimis aid in the last 3 years. There’s more guidance on this on the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme website.

What do you need to be mindful of?

Vouchers help support the capital costs of delivering a new gigabit capable connection to your business premises.

If you already have a gigabit capable connection you are not eligible for a voucher.

Your new connection must have a minimum speed of 100 Mbit/s and represent at least a doubling of speed compared to the service you have now.

When does the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme start?

The Gigabit Voucher Scheme launched 27 March 2018, and is the next step in improving businesses' access to higher quality broadband.

The DCMS will stop issuing vouchers when all available funding has been allocated or by March 2021 – whichever is sooner.

How much can my business receive through the scheme?

Business vouchers are worth between £500 and £3,000 - If your new connection costs less than £500, you will not be able to claim a voucher.

If the cost of providing a connection is more than £3,000 then you can “top up”. DCMS cannot pay any VAT or monthly charges.

Please also note that Telcom terms and conditions apply. We reserve the right to remove this offer at any time.

Other conditions apply – see the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme website for full details.

Get in touch for more info

Let our friendly team take you through what the voucher involves and do the checks to confirm your business is eligible for a Gigabit Voucher and tell you more about what a Gigabit Voucher can do for your business.

Call our team on 0330 122 2970 or fill out the form below to get started with your voucher request, or if you have any questions. We'll let you know the information we need to set up your voucher.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Use this form to check your eligibility for the Gigabit Voucher Scheme.

Currently the GigabitVoucher Scheme only provides support to companies with less than 250 employees.

All is not lost - we still have plenty of ways to help improve the connectivity for a business of your size.

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The next step to secure your voucher is to either contact us or send us your contact information below to find out the various speed and connection options available to you.

Claim up to £3,000 to transform your business' internet connection.

  • Fully fibre-optic, business-class internet
  • 100% up-time guarantee
  • Unlimited data usage
  • Speeds from 100Mbps, all the way up to 10Gbps
  • Installation free of charge (worth up to £3,000) unlocked by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
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