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The UK’s fibre challenge has to be met with a mixture of private and public investment, with public funding being provided within a policy framework of national strategies.
“Vital investment from alternative ISPs in their own infrastructure as well as Government initiatives are helping to improve market sentiment and in turn are creating the right climate for more investors to respond.
The industry needs to be more transparent about the amount of money that is needed to put UK provision on a par with countries such as Sweden and Denmark.” Ben King, CTO, Glide.
Schemes such as the Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme are a good step towards meeting the cost challenges of providing access to ultrafast broadband across the UK.
With the Department for Media, Culture and Sport taking the pilot scheme nationwide on at the start of the year, businesses have unmatched access to the next-generation connectivity that can take them to the next level.
The Government has a £67million pot to help the nation’s SMEs access gigabit-capable broadband, and we’re ready to help them make this a reality.

As part of the UK Government’s pledge to deliver greater broadband connectivity, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport launched its Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme nationwide in the first quarter of the year backed by a £67 million funding pot.
Simply put, if you’re tired of poor connectivity, and it’s hurting your business, this is the scheme for you.
The initiative is designed to enable your business to receive ‘gigabit-capable’ connectivity. It’s all about faster, more reliable connections to help SMEs do more.
And if that isn’t enough reason to experience gigabit broadband, the scheme provides a voucher for free installation worth up to £2,500.
But remember, the scheme has an end date of March 2021 or until the funding has been applied for.

When looking at the best places to start up and grow a new business, it’s no surprise that strong digital access is considered essential when it comes to making the list.
Business support firm Informi carried out a study to identify the top 20 best places in the UK to start a small business – with a high level of access to ultrafast broadband one of the key criteria. The results? The top spot went to Ipswich, which has good coverage of both Openreach’s superfast network and Virgin Media’s ultrafast cable platform.
Start-Up’s Cities Index 2017 gave digital connectivity similar importance when naming its top 25 UK cities to start a new business outside London. Access to business support, including accelerators, science and business parks with superfast broadband, were, once again, all highly valued.
Oxford made the list due in part to its impressive Science Vale UK Enterprise Zone, one of the most well-regarded science park complexes in the UK, providing world-leading facilities including superfast broadband.
Closely following Oxford was Gloucester, a region that saw almost 4,000 new businesses start-up in 2016.
And Hull landed its spot largely because of its enormous Enterprise Zones, offering a range of benefits including superfast broadband.
But the question remains – do UK businesses have the technology they need to meet the growing pressures of the global economy?