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Introducing the new Gigabit Connectivity Voucher scheme

Ultrafast Internet connectivity is a real game changer for small businesses, cutting down the frustrations and costs of unreliable connectivity, opening up new possibilities and speeding up performance across the board. However, seemingly high costs can often put businesses off investing in ultrafast Internet.

With DarkLight and our other ultrafast Internet options, we've been working to make ultrafast speeds more accessible for SMEs, combining low costs with market-leading performance. As such, we're proud to be part of a new voucher scheme designed to make ultrafast and gigabit speeds more accessible than ever - the Gigabit Connectivity Voucher Scheme!

Funded by the UK Government, this new scheme is designed to help SMEs bring in ultrafast and gigabit connectivity, providing up to a £3000 subsidy against the cost of installing new services - making it completely free to install DarkLight in practically all cases!

On this page, we've put together some more information about the Gigabit Connectivity Voucher scheme and what it can mean for you - get in touch with our team at 0345 145 1234 to find out more!

An overview of the areas covered by the Gigabit Connectivity Vouchers pilot scheme

Gigabit Connectivity Voucher Eligibility

Right now, the Gigabit Connectivity Voucher programme is in a trial phase. The government's allocated a full £2 million in funding to provide the vouchers to SMEs located in the four council regions shown on the map - Aberdeenshire, Bath and North East Somerset, Coventry and Warwickshire, and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.


In order to apply for the vouchers, you'll need to meet the following conditions - more information is available on the voucher eligibility page:


• You must be located in one of the regions shown on the map.
• You must have less than 250 employees.
• You must have a balance sheet under €43 million or a turnover below €50 million.
• You must not have received more than the permitted de minimis level of aid (typically €200,000) over the last 3 years.
• Your new connection must at least double your current Internet speed, and deliver at least 300 Mbps speeds.
• Your connection must be installed within 12 months of the voucher being provided.


Call our team today at 0345 145 1234 to find out more about how the Gigabit Connectivity Voucher scheme can help you!

DarkLight Speed Comparison

Wondering how the speeds DarkLight offers measure up in real-world situations? Click any of the boxes below for some demonstrations - keep in mind that these speeds are approximate, with several factors affecting file transfer speeds.

Approximate time to transfer 100 high quality photos (400 MB)

DarkLight - 10 Gbps

~0.3 seconds

DarkLight - Gigabit

~3.4 seconds

DarkLight - 300 Mbps

~11.3 seconds

Average UK downloads (2016) - 28.9 Mbps

~1 minute, 56 seconds

Average UK uploads (2016) - 3.7 Mbps

~14 minutes

Approximate time to transfer an HD film (4 GB)

DarkLight - 10 Gbps

~3.4 seconds

DarkLight - Gigabit

~34 seconds

DarkLight - 300 Mbps

~1 minute, 55 seconds

Average UK downloads (2016) - 28.9 Mbps

~19 minutes, 45 seconds

Average UK uploads (2016) - 3.7 Mbps

~2 hours, 23 minutes and 10 seconds

Approximate time to transfer a full Blu-Ray disc (50 GB)

DarkLight - 10 Gbps

~43 seconds

DarkLight - Gigabit

~7 minutes, 9 seconds

DarkLight - 300 Mbps

~23 minutes, 51 seconds

Average UK downloads (2016) - 28.9 Mbps

~4 hours, 6 minutes and 50 seconds

Average UK uploads (2016) - 3.7 Mbps

~1 day, 5 hours, 49 minutes, 34 seconds

Approximate time to transfer an terabyte (1000 GB)

We've speeded up this comparison to 10 times the actual speed. However, the time estimates you'll see pop in are still accurate - with 10 Gbps DarkLight, you can upload or download a terabyte in about 15 minutes.

DarkLight - 10 Gbps

~14 minutes, 40 seconds

DarkLight - Gigabit

~2 hours, 26 minutes and 36 seconds

DarkLight - 300 Mbps

~7 hours, 57 minutes and 13 seconds

Average UK downloads (2016) - 28.9 Mbps

~3 days, 12 hours and 15 minutes

Average UK uploads (2016) - 3.7 Mbps

~25 days, 10 hours and 50 minutes

Applying for a Gigabit Connectivity Voucher

Somewhat uniquely, individual businesses can't directly apply for Gigabit Connectivity Vouchers - everything needs to be done through the ISP providing the new ultrafast connection. We're one of the only ISPs able to apply for the vouchers right now, giving you the chance to save even more with DarkLight, receiving truly unmatched value-for-money.

Applying for a Gigabit Connectivity Voucher through Exa is simple - we just need to collect a small amount of information from you - no need for a site visit - everything should be processed in about 10 working days, after which we'll confirm your order. Get in touch with us today at 0345 145 1234 to discover the best option for your ultrafast connection! You can also fill in the form below if you'd prefer a callback.