In March 2018 the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) launched the £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme. The voucher scheme is designed to further the strategic objective of the Local Full Fibre Networks programme to stimulate commercial investment in full fibre coverage across the UK. The scheme follows a successful market test which was launched in November 2017 in four areas across the country. The national scheme is building upon the lessons learned from this market test.

As a small or medium-sized business, you may be able to get a grant of up to £3,000 to help upgrade your business broadband to a gigabit-capable connection. The scheme is part of a wider government plan to get more homes and businesses connected to full fibre broadband. It builds on the £270 million Local Full Fibre Networks programme which gives funding to local areas to boost full fibre delivery. £95 million of this funding was allocated at Spring Statement to 13 successful bidders across the UK.

About Elite Limited

Elite Limited, a business focused Internet Service provider working in the IT Channel, announced their next generation fibre network around London by branching out into its local exchanges. Earlier this year. Given the businesses in London have an ever-growing need for 1Gbps to 10Gbps synchronous internet speeds, the commercial decision was taken by Elite to bring sufficient capacity to over 100,000 London postcodes. Businesses at these locations will receive the lowest cost 1Gbps and 10Gbps connections available today, without compromising on quality and service levels.

The ‘phase one’ rollout has seen Elite offer cost-effective Gigabit and 100Mbps Ethernet in the UK while still maintaining and installing cutting-edge infrastructure. Elite has also laid out an ambitious ongoing exchange rollout strategy, which is designed to help its partners, wholesalers and customers get the UK’s lowest-cost and highest-quality Ethernet connectivity further afield in Manchester and Birmingham. Expanding the current on-net network is planned to be brought to market within the next 4 – 6 months and will be extended shortly after to other key metro areas across the UK.

About the DCMS

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) helps to drive growth, enrich lives and promote Britain abroad. They protect and promote our cultural and artistic heritage and help businesses and communities to grow by investing in innovation and highlighting Britain as a fantastic place to visit. Furthermore, they help to give the UK a unique advantage on the global stage, striving for economic success.

The Government:

  • is supporting investment to provide superfast broadband coverage to as many premises as possible beyond the 95% level achieved in December 2017
  • is also introducing a broadband Universal Service Obligation so that by 2020 everyone across the UK will have a clear, enforceable right to request high-speed broadband
  • has provided access to basic broadband (2Mbps) for all of those who do not currently have coverage otherwise
  • is supporting investment to stimulate private investment in full fibre connections by 2021

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