CONNECT WESTMINSTER

New voucher scheme helps businesses with £2000 towards their connection

Connect Westminster

Already hugely experienced in previous government-run voucher schemes, such as the UK-wide Connection Voucher Scheme, Christchurch Broadband Scheme and West Sussex Voucher Scheme, we’re pleased to be able to offer the same quality advice, products and services to Westminster and The West End Partnership area.

Connect Westminster is the new voucher scheme where the voucher will be applied to the capital cost of an SMEs broadband connection. In the same way as previous voucher schemes, the connection must provide a minimum download of 30Mbps and if you currently have this or more, it must double your existing bandwidth. The work must be carried out and completed within a 28 day window.

OptaNet are once again perfectly placed to help businesses in the area. We have already helped companies make the most of the voucher funds available to them, whilst quickly installing high speed connectivity to help them grow. Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to benefit from a free handout to help your business.

Wireless Leased Line – With rapid installation times (10-15 days) we can install a dedicated, guaranteed and high speed internet service with bandwidths between 30Mbps and 1Gbps. The voucher scheme funding would go towards the cost of the dish, router and installation, often making this element free. This means you are left with just the monthly cost of the circuit.

Fibre Leased Line – On-net buildings can be connected within the 28 day window. Choose your bandwidth between 30Mbps and 10Gbps. The funding can cover the cost of your Cisco router and any installation costs meaning you pay less for your circuit.

From its launch the Connect Westminster scheme will run to the end of 31st March 2019 or, if earlier, until the £2.5m has been issued.

How can you benefit from the Connect Westminster Scheme?

100% FREE INSTALL

No more large installation fee for 12 month leased line contracts. Totally free!

WIRELESS KIT PAID

We can provide you a wireless solution and you don’t have to pay for the kit.

LOWER MONTHLY

This scheme allow us to offer you 100Mbps/1Gbps from just £199/month

We are proud to be involved in yet another government-run voucher scheme. With years of experience in these schemes, our employees are geared up to help companies make the most of the funding available to them.

David Elliott

CEO, OptaNet Ltd

What are the next steps?

Contact

Contact us and we’ll provide you with the products and quotes for services to your location. We will also help with application paperwork

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Submit Application

Add a couple of bits of information to your application and submit to Westminster Council with our quote.

Voucher Approval

The council will provide you with a voucher for the value of the quote. If the quote is ‘subject to survey’ you’ll get a conditional voucher.

You’re live!

If there’s no survey required, you’ll be connected within 28 days. If there is, this will take place and you’ll be connected soon after.

See what’s available to you     0203 475 3610

“Your customer service has been excellent throughout, and it’s been a breath of fresh air, compared to past developments ordered with either BT or Virgin. OptaNet project managed our installations in a hassle-free way, ensuring delivery of our services before the agreed deadlines. Their knowledge of available products has been second to none. Thank you once again for your professionalism, speed and quality of service.” Graham Kuhlmann

Senior Project Manager, TSD Group

Qualifying costs

Qualifying Network connection costs (for all types of connection)

  • planning, survey, acquisition, site preparation, installation, and commissioning fees;
  • provision of building entry points and (including breaking/drilling charges for entry through external and internal walls), trunking and tray work (within end-user’s curtilage) and fibre cable and jointing;
  • necessary supporting structures including poles and other mountings, brackets, fixings, and associated civil works (including craneage);
  • power supplies equipment to support network electronics and optics, including power company connection costs, but excluding any CPE power supplies beyond an existing 240V AC socket;
  • copper and fibre optic cables, sheaths, connectors, joints, splitters and enclosures, coaxial lines, copper waveguide, microwave feeders, jumpers, connectors, antenna radomes and enclosures, lighting protection devices, and electrical earthing systems;
  • in-building wiring on the network side of the CPE necessary to support the connection of the customer in multi-tenanted blocks (e.g. in-building installation of fibre, cat5e, or RG6 coax cable);
  • costs related to the purchase of wayleaves or other easement rights[1]; and
  • adapters/converters to ensure that all the pre-existing communications functionality is effectively maintained (e.g. adapters/converters for analogue telephones, dialup modems, alarm diallers or other devices that may contain embedded modems such as medical alarms).

Qualifying Network connection costs (for fixed NGA only)

  • provision of new footway and carriage boxes, poles and duct infrastructure; and
  • CPE (e.g. Optical Network Terminal (ONT) or fibre modem), backup battery, patch panel and residential gateway and associated intermediate power and fibre communications cables).[2]

Qualifying Network connection costs (for wireless NGA only)

  • provision of building location points (including all associated mounting costs);
  • Radio Frequency (RF) connectors, splitters, combiners, duplexors, diplexors, filters, antennas, radomes and enclosures;
  • External and in-building wireless repeaters if necessary for coverage; and
  • fixed wireless CPE costs.

Business connectivity (leased lines) connection costs (for fixed connections only)

  • provision of new footway and carriage boxes, poles and duct infrastructure;
  • costs related to the purchase of way leaves or other easement rights; and
  • CPE (e.g. Optical Network Terminal (ONT) or fibre modem), backup battery, patch panel and residential gateway and associated intermediate power and fibre communications cables).

Business connectivity (leased lines) connection costs (for wireless connections only)

  • provision of building location points (including all associated mounting costs); and
  • wireless CPE costs.

[1] Way leave and easement rights being payments made to private land owners for the legal right to access that land in order to install and maintain communications cabling and piping. Westminster City Council endorses the Standardised Wayleave Agreement and if wayleave charges are incurred evidence should be supplied to justify why the Standardised Wayleave is not used. A link to the Standardised Wayleave can be found at: https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/business/commercial-property/utilities-and-infrastructure-/Pages/Wayleaves.aspx

[2] For example, see Openreach charges for connection at: http://www.openreach.co.uk/orpg/home/updates/briefings/generalbriefings/generalbriefingsarticles/gen01713.do