The Welsh Government (WG) are technology neutral when it comes to Broadband, however there is some confusion whether their Access Broadband Cymru (ABC) grant can be used to fund Satellite Broadband.
Broadband users who receive less than 2mpbs can apply for the ABC grant as long as the money is spent on a Broadband solution that is ‘capable of’ providing consistent download speeds of at least 24Mbps. See WG website here.
Whilst WG want to be seen to be deploying ‘Superfast Broadband’ of at least 24Mbps, Broadband providers operating via the KA Satellite can only currently stretch their offering to 22Mbps.
We understand that some Satellite Broadband providers are willing to provide assurance that their service can deliver 24Mbps. However WG assert that they intend to put in place monitoring and control measures to check that providers are delivering customers with the service that they quote.
Customers can obviously purchase a Satellite Broadband solution without grant support. For the foreseeable future at least, the WG ABC will not be funding such a solution (unless the provider is willing to put it writing that their service will deliver a stable service of at least 24Mbps).