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.
Claim up to £2500
Moving into a new office space or wish to upgrade your existing connection in a building that already has access to fibre.
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.
- Read more about the scheme at gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk
"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 Former 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.
- Current list of local bodies: gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/home/local_bodies
Get the most out of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme
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.
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.
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 £2,500 via the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)
How does the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme work?
The key steps are:
- Check the eligibility of your business
- Select the right Telcom package for your business
- Get in touch with us
- Telcom will update DCMS to reserve your connection voucher
- Your local council will review and approve your voucher
- Telcom will then deliver your connection and manage completion through the Scheme portal
- Your local council will carry out final checks
- 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:
- Has up to 249 Employees
- 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 £2,500 - 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 £2,500 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.