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Opening up Gigabit Access in Leeds

Leeds is one of the fastest-growing digital economies in the world today, with the city's tech sector having created tens of thousands of jobs over the last few years. As such, ultrafast and gigabit connectivity is in major demand, with companies across the city looking to speed up their performance with world-class Internet speeds.

However, ultrafast solutions tend to come with a major price tag, even with DarkLight's unmatched value for money. As such, we're incredibly pleased to be promoting the Gigabit Connectivity Voucher scheme, a major initiative designed to broaden access to ultrafast services with large subsidies on installation - making it completely free for eligible SMEs to install DarkLight.

Cutting a full £2500 off the cost of installing an ultrafast connection, the Gigabit Connectivity Voucher scheme makes installing DarkLight completely free in practically all cases. With applications taking just a few minutes, and an incredibly quick turnaround, there's no reason for Leeds SMEs to not apply for the vouchers. Read on for more information, or get in touch today at 0345 145 1234 to find out more!

Gigabit Connectivity Voucher Eligibility

At the moment, the Gigabit Connectivity Voucher programme is only available in a few areas, including Leeds and the surrounding area. In order to apply for the vouchers, there's a few requirements your business has to meet - more information is available on the voucher eligibility page:


• You must be located in one of the regions covered by the programme.
• 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!

An overview of the areas of Leeds where DarkLight is available

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

The Gigabit Connectivity Voucher scheme is designed to help applicants quickly, without any site visits or long delays gathering over-detailed information to determine eligibility. Unlike most other applications, the gigabit voucher application is filled in by Exa, one of the few companies currently able to apply for the vouchers.

There's two easy ways to apply for a gigabit connectivity voucher - get in touch with our team at 0345 145 1234 or DarkLight@exa.net.uk to discuss your needs, or fill out the form below so we can get a headstart on processing your application.

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