The Digital Infrastructure Programme now comprises four projects, with ‘Better Broadband for Oxfordshire’ being the original programme. This has evolved to incorporate other digital infrastructure requirements across Oxfordshire:
- Better Broadband for Oxfordshire Programme – contract with BT signed in 2013 to extend superfast broadband coverage to 95% of Oxfordshire
- Businesses in Rural Oxfordshire – New Defra funded contracts with BT and Airband delivering ultrafast broadband to rural Oxfordshire, focused on improving business connectivity
- Local Full Fibre Networks – focused on developing full-fibre broadband delivery, including the DCMS Rural Gigabit Voucher Scheme
- Mobile coverage – focused on improving 3G and 4G coverage, and the rollout of 5G
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Fibre deployment across Oxfordshire
The Digital Infrastructure Programme website hosts a Coverage Map, which provides an overview of the current and future broadband provision across Oxfordshire; it also gives an estimate of existing speeds available to premises and details of any planned upgrades due soon.
To use the Coverage Map, enter a postcode which will follow with a pop-up box to display the full details for that premise. Alternatively, you can explore the map by clicking on the required circular symbol. Please note that the information collated to produce the Coverage Map derives from several sources using the latest information available to Oxfordshire County Council. The coverage plan for the current scope of broadband coverage through the Better Broadband for Oxfordshire programme may change or be delayed, due to supplier planning and survey work across the county.
Visit the Digital Infrastructure Programme website to access the Coverage map.
Digital Infrastructure Strategy
This strategy was produced by Craig Bower, Programme Director for the Digital Infrastructure Programme and sets out the framework for delivering full-fibre broadband and mobile provision across Oxfordshire. It builds on the extensive work that the Digital Infrastructure Programme have already undertaken with suppliers, partners and government in helping Oxfordshire to have superfast broadband access to over 97% of premises. The Digital Infrastructure Strategy was approved by Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet members on 17 March 2020 and is underpinned by a formal Digital Infrastructure Partnership with Oxford City Council, OxLEP and all Oxfordshire district councils.
Available Subsidy Scheme – ‘Rural Gigabit voucher Scheme’
As part of the Rural Gigabit Connectivity Programme announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport in May 2019, there is a rural voucher scheme available offering business and residents in some of the hardest-to-reach places in the UK, additional funding towards the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to their premises when part of a group project. Further to this, Oxfordshire’s Digital Infrastructure programme successfully bid for £1m of top-up funding from the MHCLG, Getting Building Fund via the Oxfordshire LEP, which has now increased the voucher value to £7000:
- Up to £7000 for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs)
- Up to £7000 per residential premise
Group projects are when two or more residents and/or SMEs combine their vouchers towards the shared cost of installation; single connections are not eligible for additional funding. Premises must meet eligibility criteria. The funded connection will need to be gigabit-capable, with a minimum new speed taken by the customer as a "step change" - double current speed; at least 30Mbps.
Find out more, visit the DCMS website.
How Fibre Broadband has benefitted Will Brocklebank, CEO of ‘Shepherd’
“Fast broadband is not a luxury, it’s an absolute necessity. I run an Internet of Things (IoT) and machine learning business with a distributed team across the UK, so connectivity is vital – the Better Broadband programme has effectively made it possible for me to do this.” Since upgrading to superfast fibre broadband, Will’s download speeds have soared to 72Mbps from around 5Mbps, which is great news for his business that he runs from home, as well as for his family…
Visit the Digital Infrastructure Programme website to read the full case study.
Share your experience!
Would you like to tell us about your experience of upgrading to fibre broadband and how it has benefitted you? We would be delighted to hear from you! See our collection of published case studies.
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