The Ultrafast Connectivity Voucher Scheme has been set up to assist viable businesses in Wales to obtain an ultrafast broadband connection.
Ultrafast Broadband is defined as at least 100mbps download speeds and at least 30mbps upload speeds with little or no contention. Applications can be accepted by those businesses whose upload and download speeds are consistently less than these speeds.
The scheme offers Welsh Government funded grants of up to a maximum value of £10,000.
The grant will be calculated as follows, based on the eligible costs of an ultrafast broadband connection:
Eligible costs are defined as any reasonable capital costs for the initial installation and set-up of a system that is capable of providing stable download speeds of 100mbps and stable upload speeds of 30mbps. This could include but is not limited to the following components:
The Ultrafast Connectivity Voucher scheme is now being opened up to businesses across Wales to help them meet the initial capital costs incurred in installing ultrafast broadband services. Previously it has only been available to those located in the Enterprise and Local Growth Zones.
Applicants should only apply for grant funding under the Ultrafast Connectivity Voucher scheme if they are certain that they have chosen the solution that best suits their business needs for the full term of any obligation to a service provider.
Julie James, the deputy minister for skills and technology, said:
"[This scheme], together with Superfast Cymru, our project to provide wireless broadband to 2000 premises on business parks and industrial estates, and the commercial roll-out by private companies, will make superfast speeds available to all homes and businesses across Wales.
"All the measures we are taking are helping to make Wales one of the best connected countries in the world."
Applications may be submitted at any time.
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ACL announced the arrival of their new sales Director Mr Pete Downing formally of Colt Communications Ltd.
Pete's role within ACL is to generate new business from emerging markets as well as developing a new re-seller arm of the business.
ACL hope to benefit from Pete's wealth of knolodge obtained during a long spell at Colt, we hope to stream line the operations of the company and bring a better customer experience throughout.
Pete will be meeting with the existing client base throughout 2015 and he looks forward to the challenges ahead.
LIFE GETS HARDER FOR THOSE IN RAURAL NOTSPOTS
The Welsh Government and the Superfast Cymru Team launched a new Grant Application Process back in October 2014 however on the day of launch the goal posts moved when BT placed most of the Welsh exchanges into a catagory of Fibre Enablement within 18 months thus rendering the application useless.
In some known cases potential applicants asked the Welsh Government ABC department for application papers early September 2013 to be told "a new grant application comes out in October 2013 wait untill then"was this a ploy ? one applicant did just that and guess what it was rejected.
the old grant was to run until the last day of September and the work could be carried out within the following 6 months why else would the ABC team do such a thing other than to not give out the grant.
Many hundreds potentialy thousands will not be able to gain access to the High speed fibre network and at this point the welsh government are sticking their heads firmly in the sand, anything beyond 3 Km from cab will result in a no go and more over if you connect direct to the exchange you will find it will be a no go as the service is only run a CAB level.
Welsh Government And BT are protecting the position wrongly, Simon Jones head of the government Fibre roll out was asked recently to disclose the deal between the Welsh government and BT under the Freedom of Information ACT his comment was as follows " it will not be disclosed as we feel it is not in the interest of the public" how strange is that as its tax payers money that is being used.
BLOG FROM 5Km:
ACL have now mananged to complete the Beta tests for provision of telephone services over satellite broadband with great features and very competative call rates, infact all user to user / inter-company calls are free of charge.
Our tried and tested satellite broadband solution brings broadband to home owners and businesses nationwide, with this new product we can now take away the cost of the BT analogue line for deliverence of broadband which makes our offer very attractive.
Welsh Assembly Statement Tuesday 12th March 2013
Since it started in 2010, the scheme has delivered broadband solution to “not-spots” and “slow-spots” to 4,700 premises and 31 communities across Wales. The scheme was due to close at the end of this month but the Minister has decided to extend it for an additional six months due to the significant demand, particularly in rural communities.
Mrs Hart said:
“I am delighted that we are able to extend this successful scheme until the end of September 2013 so that more communities across Wales can benefit.
“Work is already underway on the Superfast Cymru programme, which, when combined with commercial roll-out, will deliver high speed fibre broadband to 96% of premises in Wales. The extension of the Broadband Support Scheme means we can continue to help those premises which urgently require a broadband solution.
MARCH 2013, ACL TELCO LTD launch hosted VoIP telephony sulution.
ACL are planning to conbine the power of satellite broadband with its very own hosted VoIP telephony product, hosted telephone systems will soon be the largest selling telephone stystem in the UK, low capital outlay and reduced call costs is out stripping sales of expensive PABX telephone systems.
ACL Hosted Voice hope to be in a position within the month of March 2013 to be able to offer potential clients a service deployed within 24 hours from the point of order by merging Satellite Broadband and Hosted VoIP PABX to give high quality calls at lower prices than the traditional route.
A service to help businesses on short lead times
For More Information go to: www.aclhostedvoice.co.uk