Project Gigabit

Project Gigabit

Project Gigabit: fast reliable broadband for people across the UK

The UK Government is on a mission to deliver lightning-fast, reliable broadband to homes and businesses across the UK, with a target of achieving 85% gigabit coverage nationwide by 2025. To support this, the Government have committed £5 billion to connect hard to reach rural communities across the country through a project known as Project Gigabit.

Project Gigabit will bring full fibre broadband to some of the most rural parts of South Yorkshire. The project will target properties with the slowest speeds that would have otherwise been left behind by commercial plans by using government funding to install full fibre infrastructure.

Rural homes and businesses from across the region will be able to access lighting fast speeds of up to 1000Mbps- enough to download a HD movie in less than 30 seconds and lay the foundations for tomorrow's tech such as 8K-quality video streaming. The average download speeds for South Yorkshire currently stands at 76.4Mbps, gigabit broadband will be over 13x faster than this.

Table 1. Download speeds across different broadband speeds.
Type of download Size/speed 5Mbps ADSL 50Mbps FTTC 100Mbps FTTP or Virgin 300 Mbps FTTP or Virgin 1000Mbps FTTP (gigabit)
4 minute song 4MB 6 second Instant Instant Instant Instant
45 minute HD TV show 600MB 17 minutes 2 minutes 1 minute 16 seconds 5 seconds
1.5 hour HD movie 4.5GB 2 hours 10 minutes 13 minutes 6 minutes 30 seconds 2 minutes 8 seconds 38 seconds
1.5 hour Ultra HD movie 15GB 7 hours 9 minutes 43 minutes 21 minutes 30 seconds 7 minutes 2 minutes 8 seconds
Xbox/PlayStation 5 game 50GB 23 hours 51 minutes 2 hours 23 minutes 1 hour 11 minutes 23 minutes 51 seconds 7 minutes 9 seconds

The cost of connecting the premises in South Yorkshire will be between £61-£103 million. Work to connect properties in the area is anticipated to start in 2024, and we anticipate an announcement in Spring 2024 with details of the supplier and their planned works. If your area isn't going to be covered, you may be eligible for support through the  Rural Gigabit Voucher scheme. To find out more detail on the Gigabit Voucher Scheme Please use link below:

Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme information

Superfast South Yorkshire will be supporting the roll out of Project Gigabit through working with the 4 South Yorkshire Local Authorities, residents in the region, Building Digital UK, and the contractors throughout the project. For the latest updates on this check out our social media channels. If you have any questions about the rollout of Project Gigabit in South Yorkshire please contact us at