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Welsh Government Broadband Voucher Update

Affordable commercial property and good Internet are key reasons behind Newport being names Wales’ “top” city for starting a business in a recent study by Quality Formations.

Despite Newport being ranked 28th overall out of 69 cities nationwide the study reinforces business’ reliance on good Internet access, which the Welsh Government are trying encourage with the expansion of their two broadband voucher schemes.

The Access Broadband Cymru (ABC) and the Ultrafast Connectivity Voucher (UCV) have been designed to help businesses and homes in disadvantaged areas gain access to faster broadband. Both schemes have been modified as below:

  • ABC will now be available to all homes and businesses across Wales which “currently do not have a superfast connection” (30Mbps+)
  • ABC will now offer two levels of funding depending upon the Internet speed required. The first level will offer £400 for download speeds of 10Mbps+ and the second level will offer £800 for 30Mbps+. New connections through this scheme must deliver a step change in speed – with at least double your current download speeds (e.g. a current connection of 10Mbps must improve to at least 20Mbps).
  • UCV is being opened up to businesses across Wales to help them meet the initial capital costs involved in installing ultrafast broadband services.

The updated schemes are available immediately and are scheduled to run until March 2018.

Broadband vouchers for business in Cardiff and Newport

SME Businesses in Cardiff and Newport can now register their interest for grants of up to £3000+VAT to help them get connected to a 30+ Mbps Broadband Service.  Eligible businesses have to pay the VAT on the installation. The grant is also not designed to cover line rental and any general service charges.

Cardiff Council is inline to receive £11M from the UK Government’s Urban Broadband Fund (UBF). Both Cardiff and Newport are now accepting inquiries from businesses. For more information click here.

UK Gov originally intended the UBF to be spent on being spent upon the construction of new ‘ 80-100Mbps+ ‘Ultrafast broadband infrastructure, however due to legal challenges from BT & Virgin and concerns over State Aid the scheme has now been diluted and used on connection vouchers.

Cardiff and Newport are the only cities in Wales who are to receive money under the UBF, since Swansea’s application was not accepted by the UK Government.