The winners of the 22nd annual ISPAs were unveiled on 18th November online.

Exa Networks were the big winner of the night, taking home three awards for Best Business ISP, Social Impact Award and Best Partnership. Storm Internet, Community Fibre, Gigaclear, Talk Straight, Glide, Jurassic Fibre, Voipfone and catalyst2 also won awards.

This year’s Internet Hero award was awarded to the Internet industry, as the sector has proven to be an absolutely vital infrastructure for the UK in sharing key information, keeping businesses operating and allowing loved ones to remain in contact. 2020 would have been a lot more difficult without the ISP sector. Read the full press release here and if you missed the show, you can watch it again below.

You can watch the ISPA Awards ceremony again below:


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Government Update

Another busy month on the broadband front was capped off with the spending review and National Infrastructure Strategy published by Government indicating a clear step away from both the 2025 nationwide coverage target, and their "outside-in" approach. ISPA's press work was complimented by our outreach to MPs to put further pressure on Government to ensure the remaining £3.8bn funding remains ringfenced for broadband rollout.

Wider work by the ISPA team has included attending a roundtable with senior industry figures with the Digital Minister Matt Warman MP, and submitting member's views on Ofcom's Open Communications initiative as part of their consultation exercise.

A busy month for Cyber

ISPA has had a busy couple of weeks monitoring all things cyber. This includes the much anticipated Telecommunications Security Bill which is due to enter its second reading. ISPA was quick to send an overview of the Bill to both members and opposition MPs. We are now working on a brief and will send this to members for more input. ISPA also respond to the Diversification Strategy which was published at the end of the month. Going forward, ISPA will closely follow the Telecoms Security Bill and report back to members. We are also following the National Security and Investment Bill and are keen to hear members thoughts on this.

Online Harms coming soon?

Although there has been growing parliamentary and media attention around the Online Harms Bill, it has yet to be introduced to Parliament. However, behind the scenes ISPA has been busy monitoring debates, written questions and responses. We also continue to be in regular contact with DCMS to further discuss relevant policy areas.

ISPA in the Press

November has been a busy month for press activity, as two significant Government announcements – the publication of the Telecoms Security Bill and the Spending Review – led to ISPA being contacted by several publications for comment. Our media activity is intended to support our policy objectives and our press comments reflected the concerns felt by members on both of these announcements. Our press comments this month were included in reports by BBC, Telegraph, Huffington Post and a range of trade press publications - Computing, Light Reading, The National, Advanced Television, BBC News, Dumbarton Reporter, Helensburgh Adviser, ISP Review, ISP Review, IT Pro, TM.

The winners of the ISPA Awards were also reported in ISP Review and Telecom Paper.

ISPA Partners for 2020

Learn about 3 Service Provider products to enhance service delivery in 100 seconds

Our Pre-Sales Engineer, Barry McGinley, who you might remember from the ISPA Business Model webinar series, demos 3 of our most popular products for Service Providers at our Dublin warehouse. These products are in stock, and available for trials or to purchase now.

Take me on the whirlwind tour!

1. Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway (DCSG), or Cell Site Router from Edgecore Networks (35 secs)
An open network cell site gateway device based on an open and disaggregated architecture for existing 2G/3G/4G and future 5G mobile infrastructures. It is a 1RU fully-featured cell site router with a wide range of Ethernet connectivity options for client and network sides, supporting Layer-2, Layer-3 and MPLS features. In this short demo we show the hot-swappable power supply units, QSFP28 100G ports, 1G/10G ports, 25G ports, 1pps I/O, 10MHz I/O, the GPS antenna, management and console port and finally the micro USB console.

2. Cassini with DCO Linecard Open Packet Transponder (32 secs)
The Cassini packet transponder enables network operators to easily extend and migrate existing metro and long-haul DWDM networks to add new 100G capacities and extend inter-datacenter and Layer 3 services. In this lightning fast demo we demonstrate the simplicity of adding a DCO linecard, check for link activity and then slide in an optic.

3. ASXvOLT16 - XGS-PON virtual Optical Line Terminal (33 secs)
The ASXvOLT16 is a 16-10G-port XGS-PON virtual Optical Line Terminal (vOLT) with 4 x 100G/40G QSFP28 fixed ports. The 10G ports, 100G uplink ports, and console/management USB ports are all on the front panel. All 10G ports operate at wire-speed by default and support standard XGS-PON transceivers. In this demo, Barry has just loaded software from IP Infusion - OcNOS Service-Provider OLT Lite.

And there you go, a whirlwind tour of 3 integral Service Provider products to help you transform your network and delivery services faster. If you have any questions, need a quote or support on a project, don’t hesitate to contact us on, or +353 (0)1 8038918.

FIBRAIN continues to expand its best-in-class HALNy Networks portfolio and unveils new vendor agnostic GPON ONTs and Gateways.

FIBRAIN has been constantly working with service providers to improve their business cases through a comprehensive and affordable range of HALNy products. GPON and XGS PON products are developed in Poland.  HALNy supports the industry’s common demands and provides custom designs along with services to meet unique customer needs. All products within the HALNy Networks GPON family are compliant with current ITU-T G.984.4 and G.988 standards for Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPONs) as well as Broadband World Forum recommendation BBF.247 or OpenOMCI spec from AT&T.

All of HALNy products are designed to optimize the deployment and roll-out of the service providers and offer multi-interoperability with a number of OLT vendors. The ONT/ONU products are tested and have proven interoperability with most major GPON OLT Vendors. Watch our short video showing the operation of triple-play services on HALNy ONT when switching between different OLT  vendors → HALNy AdaptiveOMCI is the unique technology that offers zero-effort interoperability.

Thanks to Adaptive OMCI Stack embedded in HALNy ONT that detects a type of OLT which is connected to, ONT operation and administration is simplified to plug&play, therefore no firmware upgrade before switching device between OLT vendors is required. HALNy AdaptiveOMCI reduces the cost of deployment and maintenance.
HALNy Networks GPON ONT products are tested and have proven interoperability with most major GPON OLT Vendors

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Netgem has launched its suite of entertainment and streaming services on the newly launched open access Fibre-to-the-Premises platform from Swedish digital infrastructure specialist VX Fiber.

Following the launch earlier this year of VX Fiber’s joint venture with Grosvenor Estates in Central London for the Prime Fibre open-access platform, this major step will be the first full city deployment for VX Fiber in Stoke on Trent - where Stoke residents will be able to choose from a variety of ISPs with broadband speeds up to 1Gbps and subscribe to Netgem’s entertainment and streaming services to make the most of their ultrafast services. As more and more full-fibre broadband becomes available to UK consumers, entertainment and content will be a key driver in convincing customers to make the upgrade to ultrafast speeds.

VX Fiber has chosen Netgem as its first entertainment partner bringing to life “Gigabit speeds” through Netgem TV 4K and multistream service and ensuring that top-notch speeds to the home remain consistent throughout households thanks to Netgem Super WiFi “Mesh as a Service” recently launched by Netgem and already deployed in France

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Openreach presents: The UK Digital Upgrade

On the 26th January 2021, Openreach will be hosting a live event in which attendees can get the facts and find out how to prepare for the biggest Digital Upgrade the UK has ever seen.

Openreach will be joined by a range of key industry figures to discuss the progress and future plans of their Full Fibre build. They will also be sharing how their network’s digital upgrade will revolutionise the sector – and the UK. If you’re interested in being a part of this conversation, visit the RSVP link and sign up for Openreach virtual, live event.

What the day will look like:

Opening introduction, from Clive Selley (Openreach CEO)
Session 1 – The future of Full Fibre
Find out more about Full Fibre technology and what benefits it will bring to the UK.
Session 2 – The digital upgrade: All-IP
Akin to the digital TV switchover, hear about how we’re upgrading our analogue network by 2025 and what advantages this will bring to the sector.
Session 3 – How to prepare for the switch off of legacy products
It all started with a simple piece of copper wire. We’ve been using it to connect to each other for over a century. However, times have changed. Hear how this will be phased out and what the switching off of our legacy products will mean for Communications Providers, Government, councils / local authorities, manufacturers and more, and how to get prepared.
Industry breakouts/Q&A
Ask our expert panel your key questions and hear how different sectors are preparing for these changes.


Whether you are planning to design a new network or optimize the existing one, we are more than happy to help.Salumanus' offer includes crucial elements of network infrastructure such as optical transceivers, active and passive components for xWDM.

For more information please email our Manchester office at or call at 07515012241. Alternatively, please visit our LinkedIn or our website.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Become a 2021 ISPA partner

If you would like to join the ISPA 2021 annual partnership programme to regularly engage with our members and benefit from strong visibility, thought-leadership and lead generation throughout the year, please get in touch now, email or call 020 3397 3304.

Gigaloch and Home Counties Fibre join ISPA membership

Gigaloch is a full fibre broadband provider covering parts of Scotland and Cheshire.

HCF are an ISP and a network construction company specialising in bringing ultrafast (gigabit capable) broadband to businesses and communities in rural areas, using fibre optic cable direct to premises.

Events Partnerships

ISPA offers its members a variety of discounts for events that we partner with. Many events were rescheduled in the past month. Please find the new dates below.

AI & ASI Expo London 2020: Plan Artificial Intelligence & Artificial Superintelligence Roadmaps for Economic Sectors’ Success  - 10th March 2021
White Label World Expo - 9th - 10th June 2021

For more information and discounts please visit our website. If you would like to advertise your events here and on our website, please contact