Project Gigabit

Project Gigabit

Project Gigabit: fast reliable broadband for people across the UK

The Government is on a mission to deliver lightning-fast, reliable broadband to homes and businesses across the UK and have committed £5 billion to connect rural communities.

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 will start in October 2023. If you don't want to wait that long you may be eligible for support through the current Rural Gigabit Voucher scheme to find out click here.

Superfast South Yorkshire will be supporting the roll out of Project Gigabit through working with South Yorkshire residents, BDUK 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

Register for updates on Project Gigabit here.