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Entanet ignites drive towards full-fibre with DCMS Gigabit voucher proposition

15 November 2017

Leading wholesale connectivity provider Entanet has announced its full support of the government’s new £2million Gigabit business connectivity voucher scheme with a proposition that gives channel partners a massive opportunity to help Britain’s SMEs unleash the power of full-fibre.

With immediate effect, Entanet’s channel partners can take full advantage of the DCMS (Department of Media, Culture and Sport) voucher scheme, which aims to accelerate the roll out of Gigabit-capable full-fibre services to business customers by making the switch to full-fibre more affordable for SMEs.

The vouchers will work by covering the entire installation cost for channel customers seeking to access Entanet’s new CityFibre-based GPON and Ethernet 1Gbps bearer services, which offer bandwidth options ranging from 100Mbps to 1Gbps.

The vouchers are available immediately across all of the four areas covered by the first wave of the DCMS scheme:

  • Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire
  • Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset
  • Coventry and Warwickshire - all districts
  • West Yorkshire Combined authorities - Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield and York

Commenting on the new scheme, Entanet’s Head of Products Paul Heritage-Redpath said: “We’ve worked closely with the DCMS and our CityFibre colleagues to maximise the opportunity within this scheme for our channel partners, who will be able to participate in it from the day of launch. The initial four areas are already covered by our own CityFibre full-fibre infrastructure and the voucher scheme presents businesses in these regions with the chance to take full advantage of connectivity services that significantly enhance their competitive edge. This is an exciting development that gives our partners an ideal opportunity to join Entanet on its joint mission with CityFibre to truly accelerate Britain’s full-fibre digital future.”

The voucher scheme will be used to fund new connections that are ‘gigabit-capable’ and deliver a minimum of 100Mbps from day one. The initial scheme runs until 31 March 2019 or until the funding is consumed, with vouchers worth between £500 and £3000 to cover the cost of installation of all new full-fibre gigabit capable services to eligible SME customers. To qualify for the scheme, businesses must meet a stringent set of guidelines. Entanet will be providing full management of the process and support for partners on the funding process. Full details are available from Entanet.

To find out more about the scheme and how Entanet’s partners can maximise the huge opportunity this presents, call the Entanet sales team on 0330 100 3550 or email sales@enta.net.