Gigabit-capable broadband

Find out about the next generation of connectivity.

1 Overview

Public services are evolving and in the future will be delivered in new and digital ways, requiring faster broadband speeds with greater bandwidth.

Our ambition for our county is the highest quality of life in a safe, smart, digital environment, enabling public services to be better connected with each other and our residents.

Working together with the central government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), we aim to help grow our fibre broadband network of the future and ensure that West Sussex is at the forefront of this technology.

2 West Sussex Gigabit

The West Sussex Gigabit project is about improving the infrastructure that will allow our public services to be delivered more effectively for all local residents and tax payers.

Together with CityFibre, West Sussex councils are building a full fibre network that will connect key public sector sites, capable of delivering speeds from 1,000 megabits per second (1 gigabit) to meet the future need of public services.

The project will not deliver fibre broadband to homes and businesses, but we are committed to providing full fibre within the county by working with the market to benefit homes and businesses in the future.

Other projects are currently under way within the County Council that will extend the reach of fibre broadband to more premises across the county.

3 Gigabit project roadworks

Construction methods are selected based on multiple criteria, such as highways legislation and standards, public accessibility and the presence of other utilities. We are working closely with the Network Permit Office and contractors to keep any roadwork disruption in West Sussex to a minimum.

We will make every effort to combine our roadworks with other ongoing work. However, the timing and designs of the project mean the potential to work at the same time in a given location with other utilities may be limited.

Some roads may need to be closed, some will have traffic management alternatives, allowing the roads to remain open, and in some cases work will be carried out in the footpath, with pedestrian diversions.

On completion of any work, all reinstatement materials are checked and a comprehensive material testing process is used to verify that reinstatements are completed to the Specification of the Reinstatement of Openings in Highways (SROH) standards.

Further details about the permits granted for the Gigabit West Sussex Project can be found on our streetworks register map, where you can filter by date range and entering a road name in the location field.

4 Gigabit broadband voucher schemes

A national Rural Gigabit Broadband voucher scheme now provides help for communities to get faster broadband connections. Vouchers are available now.

Communities can claim up to £3,500 in a rural area per business property and £1,500 per residential property against the cost as part of a group. It makes sense to talk to your neighbours and pool the vouchers.

The Rural Gigabit voucher scheme is available to groups of residential properties without the need to include a business.

All you need to do is request a broadband connection that is gigabit-capable. You don’t need to buy a gigabit broadband package, but will need to buy at least 30Mbps broadband connection from an internet service provider that is registered on the scheme run by central government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

If the provider can offer you the service, they will confirm this with DCMS, who in turn will confirm it with you. Once your provider has connected your property DCMS will make a payment on your behalf to the supplier which reflects discounted connection costs up to £3,500 or £1,500.

Find out more about the Rural Gigabit Broadband voucher scheme and carry out a postcode search for suppliers for your property 

If you would like help in forming a group to apply for vouchers contact broadband@westsussex.gov.uk.

Are you a business that wants gigabit-capable speeds?

A national Gigabit Broadband voucher scheme provides help for small and medium enterprise (SME) businesses* to get a gigabit-capable broadband connection. Vouchers are available now.

*A small to medium enterprise has up to 249 employees and a balance sheet of less than €43 million or a turn-over of less than €50 million.

Businesses can claim up to £3,000 against the cost of connection either individually or as part of a group project.

One gigabit is the same as 1,000 megabits - so it’s a big leap forward in connection speeds that could benefit you and your business into the future.

Find further information on our Business West Sussex website.

Last updated:
10 December 2019
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