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Entanet joins SuperConnected Cities voucher scheme to boost partner broadband and Ethernet opportunities

7th August 2013

Entanet, the channel-serving wholesale communications provider, is supporting partners by participating in the Department of Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS)’s Broadband Connection Vouchers scheme, which allows companies in the Phase 1 SuperConnected Cities of Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Salford to get financial help when they subscribe or upgrade to superfast connectivity services.

The scheme, announced by the DCMS as part of the UK government’s Urban Broadband Fund, is making vouchers available to companies with fewer than 250 employees and turnover below £40 million to cover set-up and installation fees worth between £250 and £3,000. It is being run as a market test project from 5th August until 30th September 2013 and Entanet is encouraging its partners to promote availability of the vouchers as a way of driving new orders.

Explaining the company’s participation in the scheme, Entanet’s Product Manager, Paul Heritage-Redpath said: “SMEs are the lifeblood of the UK economy and every business now relies on network connectivity to communicate with their customers. We’re delighted to support anything which helps hard-pressed businesses succeed. It’s also good to see that the scheme recognises the importance of stability, not just headline speed, for business connections. We’ll pass what we learn from this short pilot to our channel partners, who may be interested in applying as suppliers themselves to support their local business community, should the scheme be extended to more cities.”

This is something Entanet believes should and will happen. “SMEs all over the UK can benefit from faster connections, so we hope the test project is a success and that we’ll subsequently see the voucher scheme extended to other parts of the country. We’ll be ready to support our ISP and reseller partners in delivering new connections and upgrades when that happens”, said Heritage-Redpath.

The vouchers being issued in the pilot cover the connection cost to one location of ‘high speed/high grade connectivity’ that delivers a ‘step change’ to small and medium businesses. This means the subsidy will cover, or contribute to, the cost of planning, survey, acquisition (including wayleaves), site preparation, installation (including poles, cables, optics and civil engineering), commissioning fees and fibre modem and router.

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