How Hull businesses can save £3,000 on high-speed broadband installation
Culture Minister Matt Hancock at the Blade installation in Queen Victoria Square last year
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 14 May 2018
Businesses in Hull are being urged to capitalise on a new broadband voucher scheme which could be worth up to £3,000 to smaller companies.
A £67m government investment has led to the creation of the National Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme, which provides a one-off contribution to help subsidise the installation cost of high-speed broadband.
SMEs in and around Hull could save up to £3,000 through the vouchers, unlocking the potential of faster internet speeds.
Mark Jones, director of regeneration at Hull City Council said: "Hull is leading the way, as the city with the highest percentage distribution of full fibre broadband. This new scheme is an excellent opportunity for businesses who haven't yet connected to full fibre to do so.
"Excellent digital connectivity is a key part of the transformation of our city."
The vouchers provide a one-off contribution to subsidise the installation cost of gigabit-capable connection.
One gigabit is the same as 1,000 megabits, so it’s a big leap forward in connection speeds that could benefit businesses into the future.
The scheme will run until 2021, or until all the available funding has been allocated.
It comes after a major pledge from the Government to help small and medium sized enterprises across the country.
Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said: “Small businesses are the backbone of the British economy and now businesses in Hull can turbo-charge their connectivity with gigabit speeds.
“By building a full fibre future for Britain we are laying the foundations for a digital infrastructure capable of delivering today what the next generation will need tomorrow.”
Hull City Council has jumped on board with the scheme, and is urging the city’s businesses to make the most of the opportunity.
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.
The government pledge was made in March this year.
Businesses can now search for a supplier, who will then request a voucher on behalf of the company.
Suppliers in Hull include KCOM, Cobus, Cerberus Networks and Pure Broadband. Residents can also claim for up to £500 if they are part of a group project.
The scheme will run until March 2021 or until all available funding has been allocated. For more information – including all the suppliers in and around the Hull area, you can visit https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/ .