Expanding gigabit connectivity with Gigabit Connectivity Vouchers

Discovering new Gigabit Connectivity Vouchers

We believe that gigabit Internet connectivity is the future for online excellence, giving businesses incredible access to new opportunities, options and possibilities, cutting out frustrations and hugely speeding up day-to-day work. Across our huge range of gigabit connectivity options, from future-proof DarkLight to our leased line and GPON options, we’ve worked to give businesses an unmatched level of access to ultrafast connectivity solutions, with low prices, market-leading performance and complete flexibility.

As such, we’re incredibly proud to be making gigabit performance even more accessible for SMEs as one of the only ISPs to be able to provide the new, government-backed Gigabit Connectivity Vouchers, designed to subsidise up to £3,000 of the cost of upgrading your company’s Internet connectivity!

Recently launched as part of the UK Government’s Local Full Fibre Networks Programme, this new voucher scheme aims to expand local access to ultrafast connectivity, cutting up to £3000 off the cost of installing a new connection - making it completely free to install our world-class DarkLight service, for instance.

Right now, the voucher scheme is in a test phase, only available in a few specific regions. Click through to our Gigabit Connectivity Voucher page for more information, or get in touch with our team today at 0345 145 1234 to find out more!

What makes ultrafast connectivity important?

Ultrafast and gigabit connectivity can completely transform a business. At the moment, it’s estimated that UK companies lose a full £11 billion a year just due to slow and unreliable connectivity - 38 hours of lost work per year per employee. This results in employee frustration, lower performance, and lost opportunities - and it can be almost completely removed by bringing in ultrafast services.

Gigabit connectivity isn’t just about creating a more effective foundation for a business, however. Once a company brings in ultrafast Internet, they’re able to open the doors to a whole lot of effective new services, whether that means using Cloud backup services for security, teleconferencing for customer convenience, live streaming, data handling or a whole lot more.

Applying for Gigabit Connectivity Vouchers

Currently, the scheme is undergoing a test phase, with £2 million allocated in funding for 4 specific local council regions - Aberdeenshire, Bath and North East Somerset, Coventry and Warwickshire, and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. If your business is located in one of these regions, as shown on the map below, you may be eligible to apply for the vouchers, provided that you meet some requirements.

A look at the areas where gigabit connectivity vouchers are available

As the voucher scheme is designed to improve access to ultrafast connectivity for small businesses, there’s a few distinct qualifications applying businesses are required to meet:

  • Have less than 250 employees in total.

  • Have a balance sheet under €43 million, or a turn over below €50 million.

  • Have not received above a certain level (typically €200,000) of de minimis aid over the last 3 years.

  • The connection that you move to must at least double your connection speed, and have a minimum speed of at least 100 Mbps.

Head over to the Gigabit Connectivity Voucher scheme eligibility page for some more information on these requirements.

If you’re in an area covered by the voucher scheme, there’s really no better choice for your ISP than Exa Networks. Give us a call today at 0345 145 1234 to find out how we can help speed up your business.