In August 2013 Oxfordshire County Council, in partnership with BT and the Government, launched the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire project. There have been two phases to date, the first phase was a £25 million investment funded by Oxfordshire County Council, the government and BT, and the second phase saw an investment of £10.68 million made up of funding from the district councils, Oxfordshire County Council, BT, local enterprise partnerships OxLEP and SEMLEP, and government matched funding.
The third phase will see re-investment of savings achieved when the take up of superfast broadband has been over 20 per cent in Oxfordshire to achieve over 96 per cent coverage in the district.
The latest coverage and roll-out plan is available here.
The council are currently looking at options for covering the last 3 to 4 per cent of premises in the district. One option is for communities to co-fund a partnership. If you are interested finding out more about co-funding, please click here.
Why does my business need superfast broadband?
Whether you’re a small, large or home-based business reliable, superfast broadband is essential to your success and growth. No matter how much you use the internet you need to ensure you have a service that is dependable and trustworthy.
How will it help my business grow?
Connect – superfast broadband opens numerous opportunities to businesses. Connect and collaborate with other businesses by file sharing – not just sending larger files but also working in real time on files with business partners – and on-line bidding. Use it as a promotional tool to set up a website, join social media groups, connect to webinars or use it to make cheaper phone or video calls. Attract footfall or business into your facility with the addition of broadband on the premise – this can make a huge difference.
Communication – superfast opens your business up to enhanced telecoms, through video conferencing and VOIP (voice over IP). Better connectivity allows your business to communicate with clients, customers, colleagues, neighbours and people like you.
Security – superfast broadband not only enables your business to make most of cloud computing and cloud-based backup, but a good business broadband package will also offer you enhanced security options.
Service – business broadband should offer you prioritised technical support, guaranteeing a quality service.
What happens if I don’t get better broadband?
Without a service you can trust your business is at risk of falling behind. Superfast broadband improves business performance, and customer relations, it provides operational saving tools, it can assist in the development of new business models and may provide access to new markets. The possibilities for your business are endless. Without this you could lose out to competition by simply not updating your website or making the most of these essential online marketing tools, you will struggle to communicate efficiently with other businesses, and technically you will be left behind, which not only effects your business but also your reputation.
Have you seen this sticker?
This Better Broadband for Oxfordshire sticker is placed onto a cabinet that has been delivered by the programme funding, when it has been fibre enabled. This means that the cabinet has gone live, and is now ready to take orders for fibre broadband with your chosen supplier.
The website has a list of recently updated cabinets that have gone live, updated monthly.
For more information, how to go about getting better broadband and what SO Business is doing to improve the service across the district, please email us.
What is the Gigabit voucher scheme?
In March 2018 the government announced a £67 million Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme to support the cost of installing faster and more reliable full fibre broadband connections for small to medium-sized businesses and the local communities around them.
With increasing use of cloud-based services (data storage and payroll for example), streamed services, voice and video conferencing, and cyber security measures, today’s connectivity speeds may begin to slow under the impact of increased traffic. Gigabit capable connections will allow users to increase download and upload speeds according to their needs well into the future.
Small to medium-sized businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project. Residents can claim a voucher worth £500 as part of a group project.
One gigabit is the same as 1,000 megabits – so it’s a big leap forward in connection speeds that could benefit you and your business into the future.