The United Kingdom’s Government have announced a £5 billion infrastructure to bring Fibre broadband to the ‘Entire Country’. The project is aptly named ‘Project Gigabit’, the aim is to connect 60% of households across the country by the end of 2021, improving each year until the vast majority of households can benefit from high-speed, broadband and internet connectivity.
As part of the project the ‘Building Digital UK (BDUK)’ is launching phased contracts to those hard-to-reach parts of the UK that will need government support towards the cost of gigabit-capable broadband.
The contracts are split into three segments
- Gigabit Voucher Schemes – Vouchers worth up to £1,500 for homes and £3,500 for businesses help to cover the costs of installing gigabit broadband to people’s doorsteps.
- Gigabit Hubs – up to £110 million available to connect public sector buildings – such as GP surgeries, libraries and schools – in hard-to-reach parts of the UK.
- Superfast Programme – Superfast will reach half of the remaining premises that have broadband speeds of less than 30 megabits per second (Mbps).
Each segment aims to provide significant financial support in order to accelerate the role out of consistent, high-speed connectivity across the UK.
You may be able to benefit from these government subsidies and grants. If you are located in a rural part of the UK and require superfast broadband then please reach out to our team. We’ll be able to guide you on the best possible solutions and may also be able to provide clarity and timeframes for the availability of suitable solutions.