Policy Update

Protecting and enhancing the security and resilience of UK data infrastructure
This consultation will gather further views and evidence to inform development of proposals to improve and assure the security and resilience of UK data infrastructure. The ISPA policy team is welcoming feedback from members to inform our response, which is due by 22nd February 2024.

Resilience guidance
Ofcom is consulting on proposals to update existing resilience guidance to provide greater clarity on how communications networks can comply with the new framework for security and resilience that came into force in October 2022. The ISPA policy team is welcoming feedback from members to inform our response, which is due by 1st March 2024.

Street works: fines and lane rental surplus funds
The Department for Transport is consulting on its proposals on how to encourage faster and more efficient road and street works, including raising fixed penalty notices (FPNs) and extending overrun charges. The ISPA policy team will respond and welcomes input from members. This consultation will close on 11th March 2024.

Criminal Justice Bill — IP Domain Seizure
The Government recently unveiled plans within the Criminal Justice Bill to allow law enforcement agencies to take control of domains and IP addresses where these are being used by criminals. The ISPA policy team has been engaging with the Home Office on this issue, and is developing an industry position paper.

Pole Coating
The ISPA policy team is engaging with the Government and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to understand their position on the current timelines for approving the use of tanasote — a more environmentally friendly coating material than creosote — in the UK, as well as the potential alignment of timelines with the EU.

Open Communications
ISPA responded to this consultation last November; the policy team is available to engage with members in anticipation of the Government’s response.

Mid-contract price rises
Ofcom is consulting on its new proposals to ban mid-contract price rises. ISPA is not responding to this consultation but the policy team is available to discuss the proposals with members.

Please contact policy@ispa.org.uk if you have any questions, provide feedback or would like to speak to the team about our ongoing work.


ISPA Events

Parliament & Internet Conference taking place next month - 20th March 

In 2024, the annual Parliament and Internet Conference will take place on Wednesday 20th March from 1.45pm to 5.30pm in the Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, London. This time, our central theme will be focusing on the objectives for UK connectivity by 2030 and how the next UK Government, regulators and industry can strategically work together over the next 5 years to achieve them.

We are delighted to announce that the Rural Connectivity Champion, Simon Fell MP, is our Parliamentary sponsor for the event, which will feature high profile keynote speakers and panellists from across industry, Government, and leading civil society organisations. Bringing together 150 senior delegates, conversations will focus on highlighting key policy issues, promoting the sector to policy makers and creating discourse to help shape the future of regulation in the UK internet sector.

This event is especially important in 2024 with the General Election on the horizon, and it will create an ideal opportunity for the sector to help shape the narrative and amplify the areas they believe are crucial for policy makers and the sector to focus on over the next 5 years of governance through to 2030.

With a wide array of key focus areas this year’s event will be critical for the UK’s internet sector and we want as many members in the room to engage with policy makers of today and tomorrow. Book your ticket here.

Keep your eyes peeled for the 2024 Awards - launching soon!

ISPA will release the date, venue and categories for our 2024 Awards this month, with plenty of opportunities to get involved. Once again, all entries will be free and will represent the offering from across the sector.In the light of last year's success, sponsorship will also be available with opportunities available released soon. If you are interested contact our Head of Partnerships at krystian@ispa.org.uk for more information.

ISPA Partners

We understand the challenges and opportunities that the mission to deliver broadband for all will create for network operators. Ciena leverages a rich hardware, software, and services ecosystem that is open, modular, scalable, and sustainable to enable service providers to implement a best-of-breed network to multiply revenues and boost efficiency while delivering the quality of experience their customers expect.

- Provide broadband, enterprise, and mobile services simultaneously in a single converged network, helping you to monetise your network better and create a more sustainable business.

- Protect your broadband investment by leveraging optimal XGS-PON port density and power consumption and a seamless evolution to 25GS-PON.

- Deliver high-value broadband services to residential and SMB (small and medium business) customers through Ciena’s virtual broadband network gateway (vBNG) that provides network operators with agility, reliability, and scalability.

Find out more...


New Product Launch | Vigor 3912 brings even higher performance

DrayTek are delighted to announce the upcoming launch of the Vigor 3912 next generation multi-WAN router. This new premium product is ideal for your most demanding and complex networks, and delivers over 12.5Gb/s NAT throughput, 5Gb/s+ IPSec, and 3.5Gb/s+ SSL VPN

With the ability to secure and segment your networks with ease, the 3912 is ideal for separating departments or managed offices. Affordably optimise remote working – without bottlenecks – and access the full potential of the internet.

For more on the Vigor 3912’s impressive capabilities get in touch.

Learn more here.


Want to improve the efficiency and sustainability of your network while increasing data transmission distances and saving 40% on TCO?

Join our webinar on how 400G ZR+ technology can help you achieve these goals with industry leaders IP Infusion, Edgecore Networks and Coherent on Febraury 21st.

This optical solution can fuel network innovation and help you stay ahead in a competitive landscape. Discover our pre-qualified, plug-and-play 400G ZR+ solution comprising of 400G ZR+ optics, whitebox switches powered by open networking software, and how you might leverage it to help build out the Final 40% of broadband connectivity in Britain.

Register here.


New ISPA Partners 2024

In 2024, we were delighted to welcome several new partners to the ISPA network including CienaHeights TelecomPSI Mobile and eero:

Ciena leverages a rich hardware, software, and services ecosystem that is open, modular, scalable, and sustainable to enable service providers to implement a best-of-breed network to multiply revenues and boost efficiency while delivering the quality of experience their customers expect.

Heights is an established brand that specialise in Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) ranging from Mesh Routers, Mesh WIFI Extenders, XGS-PON and GPON hardware designed for the FTTH market.

eero was founded to make wifi and networking the way they should be—fast, reliable, secure, and built for the future. After introducing the first home mesh wifi system, eero is known for award-winning hardware and software and continues to create connectivity solutions for individuals, businesses, communities, and service providers.

PSI has developed a multichannel sales and customer onboarding platform specifically for telco and utility companies. Its technology has been powering field, online, in store and over the phone selling for nearly two decades. From territory management and offline capabilities for field teams, to multichannel lead capture and end-to-end customer onboarding journeys; the PSI platform increases sales performance, reduces time to billing and optimises every sales channel.

ISPA Content

UK Telecoms Industry Procurement Research Report 2024

ISPA members can join CCUK Women in Telecoms Group

We are delighted to announce that ISPA has secured free membership of the Women in Telecoms working group ran by our sister organisation Comms Council UK. Female employees of ISPA members can join the group for free this year.

This group was created late in 2021 to meet a growing demand to give women working within our industry a regular opportunity to network, share career experiences, discuss hot topics and exchange ideas.

We hope this working group will provide a tangible way for our members to demonstrate commitment to women’s development. By encouraging women on your team to join ‘Women In Telecoms’, you can actively support them with their career goals as well as giving them a voice on the key issues impacting our industry.

We’re very excited about hearing from as many women as possible from your team, so please share this notice in all of your internal communications. They can register their interest in participating in this group and receive future group updates by emailing Michaela@commscouncil.uk.

ISPA Members

This month we were excited to welcome iconectiv UK and V4 Consumer as our new members!

iconectiv UK Limited been the authoritative partner of the communications industry for more than 30 years, delivering innovative market leading solutions that address the challenges CPs face every day. We have an intimate understanding of the complexities involved in creating, operating and securing the communications infrastructure for CPs.

V4 Consumer, owned & operated by ABI Business Services Ltd has been a full service Consumer Internet Service Provider providing full service broadband, other alternative high speed internet solutions, home Mesh WIFI, & full service security solutions to thousands of British households for over a decade strewn across the country.

Partner Events

ISPA offers its members a variety of discounts for events that we partner with:

Smart Retail Tech Expo - 27th and 28th February, ExCel London
Communication Technology Expo - 13th and 14th March, ExCel London
Channel Live - 20th and 21st March, NEC Birmingham - Get your free tickets here

ISPA Partners 2024