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Digital Monmouthshire

Superfast Broadband & Digital Skills support business growth and efficiency

Why Businesses need Superfast Broadband

Research in 2014 for the UK Government identified that 50% of the public struggle to interact with local businesses who don’t have an online presence. Monmouthshire Business and Enterprise can provide support to local businesses to assist in maximising the benefits of being online, strengthening existing and accessing new markets.

The links on this page offer resources to businesses to support their journey of digital maturity by exploiting digital technologies and reaping the benefits of superfast broadband.

This will lead to increased:

• Productivity
• Efficiency
• Innovation
• Profitability

Improving your business broadband

Depending on where your business is based, there are different ways of getting better broadband.

Firstly, you should check if you are able to receive superfast broadband. You can check this on the Superfast Cymru postcode checker and AB Internet Wireless Broadband checker.

If you are not yet able to receive superfast broadband or if you want to upgrade your business connection to an ultrafast service (>100Mbps downstream, >30Mbps upstream) then you may be able to get connected via the Welsh Government’s Access Broadband Cymru or Ultrafast Connectivity voucher schemes.

The schemes provide grants to fund (or part-fund) the installation costs of new broadband connections for businesses in Wales. They do not include monthly rental costs.

New connections through this scheme must deliver a step change in speed – with at least double your current download speeds   eg a current connection of 10Mbps must improve to at least 20Mbps.

There are three levels of funding available for businesses depending on the speed of the new connection:

  • £400 Access Broadband Cymru voucher for 10Mbps and 20Mbps service
  • £800 Access Broadband Cymru voucher for 30Mbps service
  • up to £10,000 voucher for an ultrafast service. The 1st £3,000 of eligible costs are 100% funded by Welsh Government, between £3,000  and £17,000 is 50% funded, and above £17,000 no additional funding is provided.

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