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Gigabit Voucher

Claim up to £3000 off your upgrade to full fibre connectivity in Edinburgh and the Central Belt!

What is the Gigabit Voucher Scheme?

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection. 

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

Residents can also benefit from the scheme with a voucher worth £500 as part of a group project. 

Gigabit Voucher Scheme Background

The Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is part of the Local Full Fibre Networks programme, which has the strategic objective of increasing full fibre coverage across the UK.

Starting in late 2017, the programme launched the first wave of its programme, designed to test its approach to market stimulation. £10m was allocated to the launch of five pilot projects across the country, including £2m on a market test for the voucher scheme. The national launch of the scheme has been designed to build on the lessons learned from our market test.

What is a Gigabit connection?

The UK now has 95% coverage for superfast broadband with speeds of 24 megabits per second or higher. However, most superfast connections still depend on copper telephone wires, which are limited in the speeds they can support. For the fastest and most reliable broadband, capable of delivering gigabit speeds, a full fibre connection is required.

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. Full fibre also supports symmetrical connections – meaning your upload and download speeds can be the same.

 

How do Vouchers work?

Businesses or residents that are eligible for gigabit vouchers can access the scheme through a supplier.

The chart below shows the step-by-step process that each voucher recipient will go through to activate their voucher:

Businesses with:

  • <250 Employees
  • <€50m Annual Turnover
  • <€43m on Balance Sheet
  • Additional Restrictions apply, please see scheme Terms and Conditions

The new connection must be a significant improvement on the current connection and:

  • Offer a minimum of 100Mbs
  • Upgradeable to 1Gbs
  • At least double the current connection speed.

The Voucher is only applicable on specific packages with Texaport’s Suppliers. Typically:

  • Gateway (Router) hardware of up to £250
  • Installation costs
  • Monthly Connection costs
  • Construction Charges (if applicable)