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List of Approved UK ISPs for the Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme

Thursday, January 17th, 2019 (12:01 am) - Score 3,491
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At the end of last year the Government confirmed that they would extend their Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme for one more year, albeit with some changes (here). The scheme offers grants worth up to £350 to help rural premises get a better connection, if they are unable to receive at least a 2Mbps speed today.

According to the Government, there is currently £2.4 million set aside until the end of the scheme (31st December 2019) and 40,445 voucher codes have so far been issued to eligible applicants since its launch in 2015. But they also informed ISPreview.co.uk that only 20,539 of those vouchers have actually resulted in a service being provided.

The original idea of this subsidy was to assist around 300,000 premises by helping to cover the setup / install cost of an inferior Satellite connection (here), but this didn’t prove particularly popular and so was later expanded to include a wide range of fixed wireless, 4G mobile and even some fixed line FTTC / FTTP providers (Openreach’s (BT) Community Fibre Partnerships, B4RN etc.).

However not everybody is aware of which ISPs are approved suppliers for the scheme and so we’ve decided to publish the latest list to coincide with its imminent January 2019 relaunch. The following table includes a column for “coverage“, although this is a very rough indication since it only lists by region / county and yet many of the networks may only reach specific patches inside those locations. Likewise some ISPs have since expanded beyond the listed coverage areas (e.g. B4RN).

We already list most of the alternative network providers in this table (UK ISP Listings), although a few of the ISPs below don’t appear to offer much or any information on their packages, while some others have since merged and a few merely resell services from other operators (i.e. DCMS aren’t brilliant at keeping in sync with recent developments).

Otherwise this is a useful table for people who want to know which ISPs can make use of the subsidy in their area, although it may go through some changes once the BBSS is relaunched this month.

NOTE: In theory the BBSS could continue beyond 2019 (the funding is likely to be consumed by then), but this would clash a little with the new 10Mbps+ USO.

Better Broadband Subsidy Scheme Suppliers

Supplier Technology Coverage
4G Internet 4G England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
6G Internet Fixed Wireless Lancashire, West Yorkshire, Cheshire, Manchester, Merseyside
AirBroadband Fixed Wireless Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire, North Yorkshire, Suffolk
Airfast Fixed Wireless Kent
Airfibre (Fixed Wireless) Fixed Wireless Northern Ireland
Airnexus Fixed Wireless Northumberland
Alncom Fixed Wireless Northumberland
APC Solutions Fixed Wireless Leicestershire
ASG Group Fixed Wireless East Midlands
B4RN FTTH North Lancashire, South Cumbria, North Yorkshire
Badenoch Broadband Fixed Wireless Highlands of Scotland
Bay Broadband Fixed Wireless North Yorkshire
Beacon Fixed Wireless Northern Ireland
Beeline Fixed Wireless North Yorkshire
Big Blue Rocket Fixed Wireless Derbyshire, Nottingham
Big Blu satellite UK
Blaze Wireless Fixed Wireless East / West Sussex
BlueBox Fixed Wireless Northern Ireland
Borderlink Fixed Wireless Scotland & Northumberland
Briskona Fixed Wireless Scotland
BroadbandShack 4G England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Broadband Wherever Satellite/4G England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Broadway Partners Fixed Wireless Scotland
BT Community Partnerships FTTH England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Bush Broadband Fixed Wireless Devon, Somerset
Caleycom Fixed Wireless Scotland
Call Flow Fixed Wireless Hampshire, Kent, Dorset
Call27 FTTC Newcastle, Northumberland, Durham
CiBL Fixed Wireless Lancashire
CloudNet Solutions Fixed Wireless Highlands and Islands
Cotswold Electricians Ltd 4G England
Countryside Broadband Fixed Wireless Oxfordshire
County Broadband Fixed Wireless Essex, Suffolk
Cromarty Firth Fixed Wireless Scotland
Derbyshire Broadband Fixed Wireless Derbyshire
Digiweb Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Edge Networks Fixed Wireless Gloucestershire
Ereplica 4G Dorset and Hampshire
Exstream Networks Fixed Wireless Cheshire
Fibre Options Fixed Wireless Hertfordshire
Fibre WiFi Fixed Wireless Essex, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire
FibreCast Fixed Wireless Scotland
FramBroadband Fixed Wireless Suffolk
Freedomsat Satellite/4G England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Gigabeam Fixed Wireless Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, East & West Sussex and Kent
GreenGrass Broadband Fixed Wireless Wiltshire
Herefordshire Community Network FTTH Herefordshire
Highland Community Broadband Fixed Wireless Highlands of Scotland
Highland Wireless Fixed Wireless Highlands of Scotland
Hightec Solutions Fixed Wireless Northern Ireland
Husky Networks Fixed Wireless Northern Ireland
IDNET Fixed Wireless Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire
Internet Central Fixed Wireless Staffordshire
Internet Connections Fixed Wireless Black Country, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Shropshire, Yorkshire
InTouch Systems Fixed Wireless Norfolk, Suffolk
ITS Technologies Fixed Wireless Cheshire
Jola 4G UK
JHCS Broadband Fixed Wireless Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire
Juice Broadband Fixed Wireless Dorset, Hampshire
Kaldien Networks Fixed Wireless Cheltenham & Gloucester
KAT Communications 4G South Yorkshire
Kencomp Fixed Wireless Cumbria
Lincolnshire Satellite Broadband Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
LonsdaleNET Fixed Wireless Cumbria
Lothian Broadband Fixed Wireless Scotland
Marykirk Community Broadband Fixed Wireless Dundee and Aberdeenshire
Millenium Telecoms Fixed Wireless Leicestershire
Morion Broadband Fixed Wireless Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire
NextGenAccess Fixed Wireless Nottinghamshire
Northsat Ltd Fixed Wireless Highlands of Scotland
NotSpot Broadband 4G & Satellite England, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Pine Media Fixed Wireless South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, East Riding, Hampshire, Kent, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Sheffield
Prime Satellite Broadband Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Progressive Living Satellite Essex, Suffolk
Quickline Fixed Wireless, Satellite Lincolnshire, East Riding, North Lincolnshire, Northumberland, Cumbria, South Yorkshire
RADE Fixed Wireless Suffolk
Redraw Fixed Wireless England
Rural Broadband 4G England
SAS UK Satellite England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Save9 Networks Fixed Wireless North Yorkshire
ScotNet Fixed Wireless Scotland
Server House Fixed Wireless Hampshire
Signa Technologies Fixed Wireless East Riding, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire
Simply IP Fixed Wireless Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Staffordshire, Warwickshire
SimRush 4G England, Scotland and Northern Ireland
Sky Way Satellite Hereford, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Shropshire and West Midlands
SOC Communications Satellite England
Solway Communications Fixed Wireless North Cumbria
Sonning IT Services Fixed Wireless Wyre, Lancashire
South West Internet Fixed Wireless Dorset
South West Mobile Broadband 4G Cornwall, Devon & Somerset, Dorset
South West Satellite Solutions Satellite & 4G Scotland
SugarNet Fixed Wireless Warwickshire
Superhero Broadband Fixed Wireless Suffolk
Swale Life Fixed Wireless North Yorkshire
SWS Fixed Wireless Shropshire, Telford
Symmetris Fixed Wireless Norfolk
Technology Clinic Ltd Fixed Wireless Coventry, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire
TxRx Communications Fixed Wireless Hampshire
UltraNetworks Fixed Wireless Scotland
Unify Networks Fixed Wireless Greater Manchester Lancashire
Upper Bridge Enterprises Fixed Wireless Hereford, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Shropshire
Userve Fixed Wireless Shropshire, Telford
Vfast Fixed Wireless Kent
Village Networks Fixed Wireless Bucks and Herts
Vir Air Fixed Wireless Lancashire
Vispa Fixed Wireless Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside
Voip Unlimited Fixed Wireless Dorset, West/East Sussex
Voneus Fixed Wireless Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Cheshire
W3Z Fixed Wireless East Midlands
Wessex Internet Fixed Wireless Dorset, West Sussex, Wiltshire, Hampshire
Wifi Bill Fixed Wireless Wiltshire
Wifi Scotland Fixed Wireless Scotland
Wildcard Networks Fixed Wireless Newcastle, Northumberland, Durham
Wight Wireless Fixed Wireless Devon, Somerset, Hamsphire
WiSpire Fixed Wireless / Satellite Norfolk
Wispra Fixed Wireless / Satellite Scotland
Wurzel Fixed Wireless Oxfordshire
YoNET 4G England

Leave a Comment
4 Responses
  1. Avatar Jim Weir

    Mark – are you sure the list is valid?

    My understanding was a lot of suppliers were being removed from the scheme if they didn’t meet the new requirements for the 2019 run.

    A number of companies listed no longer exist having been merged or closed

    • Valid in the sense that it’s the latest data available from DCMS (I think Nov 2018), although the Government are a bit slow with keeping it up-to-date (hence the caveats mentioned above).

    • Avatar Guy Cashmore

      Mark – DCMS told me a few weeks back that the scheme wasn’t currently available in Devon or Somerset because CDS have taken responsibility for delivery, but CDS have suspended the scheme (for just over 2 years now!).

  2. Avatar craski

    DCMS do ask for coverage details to a 7-digit postcode level when registering as a supplier on the scheme so that level of coverage is known. I suspect it is only used to grossly filter the list of suppliers as part of issuing voucher codes to applicants albeit that is process is changing shortly.

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