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Gigabit Broadband for Businesses Scheme

Welcome to the future!

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Optical fibre-based broadband is here now and getting ready for a gigabit speed is a key step for most businesses.

A national Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme provides help for small and medium enterprise businesses* to get a gigabit-capable broadband connection. Vouchers are available now.

Businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project.

One gigabit is the same as 1,000 megabits – so it’s a big leap forward in connection speeds that could benefit you and your business into the future.

*an SME has up to 249 Employees and a balance sheet of less than €43 million or a turn-over of less than €50 million.

 

Why go gigabit?

Revolutionise how you communicate and use video conferencing to build new business contacts around the world, reducing travel and saving you money.

Take advantage of cutting edge software and applications that can help you be more flexible about when and where you work.

Make the best use of Cloud Business Applications such as file back-ups, real time collaboration, instant messaging and security features. Upload and download massive data files in a matter of seconds and web stream live content in a flash.

Improve your business’s resilience by minimising the risk of connectivity failure and associated time and money costs.

Shape up your business to deal with ever increasing demands for internet speeds and connectivity.

 

How the scheme works 

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Firstly, it’s not a voucher scheme. You don’t apply for a code or discount that you can then use to buy a gigabit broadband service.

Instead you request a gigabit-capable broadband service from an internet service provider that is registered on the scheme run by DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport).

 

If the provider can offer you the service you request, they will confirm this with DCMS, who in turn will confirm it with you. Once your provider has connected your business with gigabit-capable broadband DCMS will make a payment on your behalf to the supplier which reflects discounted connection costs up to £3,000.

Secondly, it’s not just a scheme for businesses. Residents can benefit too. Where a cluster of residents can form around one or more businesses it is possible for an additional discount of £500 per home to be deducted from the overall connection costs - just as long as the total value discounted by homes does not exceed the total value discounted by businesses.

 

In West Sussex currently the only internet service provider offering a scheme that benefits both businesses and residents is Openreach. Find out more: https://communityfibre.openreach.co.uk/

 

A list of registered suppliers in West Sussex is available here.

 

The full list of providers offering the scheme to businesses is available here:

https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/

 

 

 



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