Welcome to a unique and time-limited opportunity where the government issues £500 and £3,000 gigabit voucher to upgrade to a full-fibre connection!

£67m voucher fund

The Gigabit Voucher Scheme objective is to deliver full fibre broadband connections with the fastest and most reliable speeds available. The government is committed to a vision of a full-fibre Britain and announced (March 2018) a £67m Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme.

available with support from DCMS

Fancy a £500 or £3,000 voucher?

Gigabit vouchers can be used by small businesses and the local communities(home users) surrounding them to contribute to the installation cost of a gigabit capable connection.

  • Businesses can claim up to £3,000 to cover the cost of a new connection as part of a Cambridge Fibre project, in addition
  • home users can also benefit with a voucher worth £500 as part of a business project.

Note that per project the total value of home user vouchers cannot exceed the value of total business vouchers.

If there are businesses and other residents in your area who want to install a gigabit capable connection you may be able to benefit from a voucher worth £500 as part of  one of our registered projects. Cambridge Fibre did most of the hard work and set up two projects one for the whole of Cambridge and one for Ely which you can join. If you are outside this area we might still be able to connect you if you team up with local businesses and other residents. As the network grows we will update the project page at cambridgefibre.uk/projects/

To benefit as a home user from a voucher, you must be part of a project. As part of this project, you are able to combine the values of your vouchers. There is no minimum size for a project, but at least half of the total value of the vouchers in the project must be for businesses.

As an example, a small project could consist of one business claiming a voucher value of £3,000 after which 6 home users can claim a voucher value of £500 each.

register for £500 voucher

Full fibre networks such as Cambridge Fibre are the future and getting ready for a gigabit speed is a key step for most businesses.

If you are a small or medium sized enterprise, you may be able to get a gigabit voucher worth up to £3,000 to upgrade your business broadband to a fast and reliable connection over gigabit capable infrastructure.

If you are interested in receiving a voucher please check if Cambridge Fibre is expected in your area.

You can boost your voucher value by joining together with other businesses and residential customers. Once you have a group of other users in your area Cambbridge Fibre may be able to pool your vouchers together to subsidise the cost of installing a connection.

Are you eligible for a business voucher?  The SME criteria are:

  1. employs less than 249 people;
  2. has a turnover of less than £50m and/or have a balance sheet of less than £43M;
  3. has received less than €200k (around £120K) in public grants in the last 3 years;
  4. does not have a parent company or linked enterprise which does not meet the above eligibility criteria;
  5. will be ordering broadband service of at least twice the speed compared to the current business grade connection and at least 100Mbps in speed and capable of 1Gbps.
  6. is an SME that complies with the European State Aid rules: ie must have received less than €200,000 in the current and two previous financial years in De Minimis aid – businesses in fishery and aquaculture primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products, coal, steel and ship-building have different allowances, and must seek approval from the local authority before applying.

Note that you can apply for multiple connections at multiple locations

register for £3,000 voucher

Step-by-step how the vouchers work:

  1. Cambridge Fibre is a registered GBVS supplier and you can sign up for a gigabit capable connection. Cambridge Fibre will check how close their network is, or will be in the next 12 months.
  2. Cambridge Fibre will request a voucher from the government. The government will check if they are happy with the request and send a confirmation email.
  3. Cambridge Fibre gets to work to deliver you connection.
  4. Your home or business is connected! Cambridge Fibre will let the government know the work is done.
  5. The government check by email that your service is live and working.
  6. The government will also do spot checks before they pay, so they may contact you!