ISPA 25th Anniversary Award

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As ISPA UK celebrates its milestone 25th silver anniversary hosting the iconic ISPA Awards, the award this year is designed to celebrate the accomplishments of an individual, organisation or public body that has made the most significant contribution to the development of internet and connectivity in the UK. 

To mark its twenty-fifth annual awards, ISPA is looking for public nominations for a special anniversary contribution award to showcase an individual or organisation that has driven innovation and the development of the industry over this time.

Connectivity and the internet has transformed the UK over the past 25 years. From the early days of a New Labour government, in a year where tech giant Google was founded, the iMac by Apple was launched, the first building blocks of the ISS were assembled in orbit and ADSL was first trialled in the UK. Through to the modern day, where connectivity helped people during a global pandemic and reliable internet is now an everyday essential.

In the past quarter-century period, we have seen technologies emerge to serve consumers 200,000 times faster than in 1998, digital communication grow to 1.3 million online calls made per minute globally and 27.3 million fixed broadband lines installed throughout the UK… none of which could have been done without the perseverance, investment and innovation of ISPA members.

As a way to commemorate the landmark anniversary and the success of industry, ISPA has begun the search for an individual or organisation that could be classed as an industry titan, dedicating themselves/ itself to propelling the sector forward through an exceptional contribution to the development of connectivity and internet services. It could be a technological innovation, product or service or notable policy or legal win over the past quarter of a century.

ISPA is asking individuals from across industry to provide their nomination via email to, with a paragraph or two describing why you think your nominee is deserving of the award. This does not need to stretch all the way back to the 1990s, but entries that helped shape the vibrant and successful sector over this period are very welcome. Entries will then be evaluated by the ISPA Council and judging panel, with an overall winner announced on the night.