Superfast Broadband? Ultrafast Broadband? Full Fibre Broadband? What are the differences, and how do I future-proof my businesses’ connectivity requirements?
The great majority of small and medium enterprises will have access to superfast broadband, or possibly be paying for expensive leased lines to access cloud and web based services.
Full-fibre broadband is a fibre optic connection from a premise all the way to the telephone exchange and on to the ‘www’ internet backbone. It can provide 1GB/s download speeds now and has the technical means of providing higher speeds in the future. It has no dependency on legacy copper telephone lines.
Right now, government is operating a voucher scheme for businesses to access part-funding, and sometimes full-funding, for the installation of the full-fibre infrastructure to your business.
The scheme operates by making an application to a supplier which then makes the application to government for the applicable voucher value which stands at £2,500 per business and £500 for qualifying residential premises as part of a joint application.
For businesses located in a cluster, this means a joint application can be made whereby the vouchers may be combined to offset the installation costs, and can often fully fund the installation.
But the funding for the scheme is finite and applications are mounting fast, so you need to act quickly to ensure you don’t miss out.
Please search for ‘Gigabit Voucher Scheme’ or visit the Gigabit Voucher Scheme website for full details of how to apply.