£8 million grants for UK satellite broadband
The UK government is testing out a mix of broadband satellite terminals from OneWeb and StarLink to provide coverage to remote homes as part of its newly launched wireless strategy.
The government has launched an £8 million fund to provide capital grants to further promote new satellite connectivity to the most remote 35,000 premises and to help ensure that these premises get improved broadband where required.
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“We continue to make rapid progress through commercial and subsidised rollouts to achieve our goal of future proof and resilient connectivity to over 99% of the UK by 2030. Nevertheless there will be some areas – perhaps around 100,000 premises – where we expect that gigabit will not be possible,” said the
The government has now launched seven sites across the UK using a mixture of both OneWeb and Starlink equipment. These sites include some of the most remote areas of the UK including Snowdonia National Park, North York Moors, Papa Stour and Lundy Island.
It is also planning a new project for Fixed Wireless Access connectivity later this year.