We find some businesses want to adopt digital technology but struggle with slow broadband speeds. Although we are not involved in the roll out, as part of our support, we can investigate options to improve connectivity.
Please note we have no inside track to BT / Openreach.
The third phase of the Superfast Cornwall programme builds on the multi million pound first two phases of Superfast Cornwall, part funded by the EU, this programme is managed by Cornwall Development Company. It aims to upgrade more than 7,000 of the premises in Cornwall which have the slowest broadband speeds. These are amongst the 16,000 premises that have speeds of less than 15 Mbps.
Running from 2018-2020 this phase of the roll-out is expected to reach the first premises by spring 2018.
For information on postcodes where fibre broadband is being rolled out and postcode areas that are currently under evaluation please go to http://www.superfastcornwall.org/current-programme/.
Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme
The Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme has now been launched. The scheme provides vouchers of up to £3,000 for businesses to connect to a Full Fibre solution (i.e. Fibre to the Premises – FTTP). Details are available at gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk.
Superfast Cornwall is encouraging businesses that are beyond any existing superfast broadband rollout plans to apply to this scheme.
This scheme could be used to contribute towards the costs of a Full Fibre solution, for example through Openreach’s Community Fibre Partnership scheme at communityfibre.openreach.co.uk, by aggregating the vouchers available across a number of premises. Openreach are a listed supplier on the scheme, so you should be able to work with Openreach to access the government contribution.
Superfast Cornwall Grant Scheme
The Superfast Cornwall grant scheme is funded by Cornwall Council, and will be available to most registered properties not covered in the 2018-2020 rollout, as long as their broadband speeds are less than 15Mbps. This could be used to contribute towards the set-up costs of any viable technical solution capable of delivering superfast speeds, including fibre, 4G mobile, wireless and satellite.
Properties eligible for the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS)
Properties that are eligible for the GBVS must first make an application for GBVS vouchers. If the contribution is less than £1,700 per property, then the Superfast Cornwall Grants Scheme may be able to top up the contribution to this level.
Properties not eligible for the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS)
Properties that are not eligible for the GBVS can apply for a maximum of £1,700 from the Superfast Cornwall Grants Scheme. This could be used to cover the costs of fibre, 4G mobile, wireless or satellite solutions.
If you would like to discuss the Superfast Cornwall Grant Scheme or for an application form please email or call 01872 324991. You should wait until you have your Grant Offer Letter before paying for an installation from your chosen provider. Note that some properties are not eligible for the scheme, including those subject to a Holiday Occupancy Restriction and New Builds.
If your area is not included in the Superfast Cornwall activity mentioned above then you could investigate alternative options including satellite broadband. Superfast Satellite is an ERDF grant funded scheme offers which offers subsided access to Superfast speeds to rural and remote businesses who cannot access superfast connectivity via fibre. This service is managed by Avanti using their facilities at Goonhilly, they offer:
- Superfast download speeds to 40mbps and upload speeds of 6mbps
- Unlimited Overnight access
- Low Cost packages based on data usage per month
- Simple and subsided installation – in as little as 5 days from ordering
Superfast broadband services are being deployed with the help of certified service providers who will manage the installation and on-going service. To contact them and see if you are eligible for support visit http://www.connecting-rural-cornwall.co.uk/.
Wildanet is a private sector Wireless Internet Service Provider offering lightning fast broadband speeds to rural and hard to reach businesses who cannot access Superfast connectivity via fibre. Among the benefits are;
- Broadband speeds FROM 30Mbs up to 100Mbs
- No limit on data usage
- Subsidised installation as part of the roll out programme
- Installed by Wildanet’s own engineers and supported from HQ on The Lizard
- VoIP services with “no call charges” packages, thus eliminating current line rental
More details can be found on www.wildanet.com
Test your Current Speed
The following speed checkers may help you:-
BT line checker https://www.dslchecker.bt.com/ it can work on telephone number, address or Postcode level.
Openreach / BT version of the broadband checker – https://www.homeandbusiness.openreach.co.uk/fibre-broadband/when-can-i-get-fibre?
Samknows commercial website with good broadband checker app – https://www.samknows.com/broadband/broadband_checker work via telephone number, address or Postcode level.
Test the data volume with the numbers of employees using specific application at your company here.