Following the turbulence of recent years, we’ve learned an important lesson: technology is the answer to modern challenges. With the increasing use of data-intensive services like video streaming, video calling and gaming, and the accelerated deployment of technologies like 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), AI, machine learning and more, we have a recipe for transformation both in business and society. Therefore, the need for gigabit broadband is about meeting current demand and futureproofing the infrastructure.
How is gigabit broadband being rolled out?
The rollout of gigabit broadband across the country is part of the ambitious infrastructure project to provide reliable and fast broadband. The public funding programme is called Project Gigabit and it is delivered by Building Digital UK. The UK Government has committed 5 billion GBP to extend full-fibre broadband coverage to homes and businesses that are not included in broadband suppliers’ plans, that might otherwise miss out on getting the connectivity they need. The Government’s target is to achieve at least 85% coverage of gigabit-capable networks by the end of 2025 and then “nationwide” coverage by 2030.
In order to reach the nationwide gigabit target, ISPs need to work alongside the government in the rollout and help optimise the process. The government’s £5 billion fund must be directed to those hard-to-reach rural areas that won’t be connected by commercial projects. For the rest of the UK, rolling out gigabit broadband remains in the hands of network operators.
Which areas will benefit from Project Gigabit?
Suppliers bid for contracts to build in these hard-to-reach areas, called ‘Lots.’ To check the current stage and projected timetable for each Lot, see Project Gigabit – Table of Ongoing BDUK Subsidy Procurements. The availability of information, on whether particular areas will be covered by Project Gigabit, depends on the phase of the procurement process that the relevant Lot has reached.
What are your options for outside commercial roll–out areas?
If your location will not be reached by the commercial roll–out and you don’t want to wait for Project Gigabit procurements, you may be able to obtain funding through the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS). There’s a postcode checker available for you to check whether you are in an eligible area.
Recently, Quickline Communications, a registered supplier of the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, revealed their 2023 roll-out plan. The programme will see Quickline roll out gigabit broadband to more than 55,000 rural homes and businesses this year.
Although it’s clear that there’s quite some way to go before every home can access gigabit broadband, with government schemes and the important work of broadband providers, the UK is well on its way to a digitally connected future.
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Everyday Communications provides stress-free residential and home broadband across the UK — including rural areas. Our Fibre products (Everyday Fibre / Everyday Fibre for business) are being delivered using Sogea, which is the next generation of FTTC.
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