By working with commercial operators as well as running intervention programmes with central government, our digital infrastructure partnership aims to bring gigabit capable broadband to over 90% of Oxfordshire premises by 2025, as well as making a stepchange in 4G mobile coverage by all four mobile network operators. We will also facilitate the rollout of next generation 5G mobile networks and create ways for this new technology to improve lives as well as business productivity in Oxfordshire.
In addition to existing projects underway, the digital infrastructure team are planning;
- GigaHubs Project – focused on connecting public sector buildings with gigabit-capable connectivity
- Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme – vouchers available to help cover the cost of installing gigabit-capable connections to eligible rural businesses and residential premises. (Please note: The existing voucher scheme is closed to new scheme applications, but BDUK are due to launch an update to the scheme in December 2022 and we will update when more information is available).
- Project Gigabit – DCMS funding of up to £114m to extend full fibre coverage to over 68,000 hard-to-reach premises in Oxfordshire & West Berkshire
- Mobile Coverage – focused on improving 3G and 4G coverage, and the rollout of 5G across the county