Project Gigabit: Promoting demand and meeting customer expectations and ISPA AGM
7 July | 2pm-4pm | Hopin
Last chance to register for the ISPA conference exploring what further help the Government can provide to the ISP sector.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Alex Towers, Director of Policy and Public Affairs, BT
- Lee Turner, Head of Industry Engagement and Regulatory Affairs, Gamma
- Evan Wienburg, CEO, Truespeed
- Rocio Concha, Director of Policy and Advocacy, Chief Economist, Which?
- Cristina Luna-Esteban, Director of Telecoms Consumer Protection – Fairness and Engagement, Ofcom
- Dawn McEvoy, Head of Legal and Governance, Zen Internet
Please find the full agenda below.
The event will be followed by ISPA AGM at 3.35pm. All ISPA Members can attend the meeting and vote for two resolutions. All documents and notice were sent to members yesterday.
Finalists revealed for ISPA’s 23rd Annual Awards
We are excited to announce the finalists for the 2021 ISPA Awards! Thirty-three providers have been nominated across twelve different categories that reflect a year where gigabit broadband rollout has stepped up another gear helping to keep the UK working, home schooling, in touch with friends and family and entertained.
Reflecting the breadth of the sector, Exa Networks scored an impressive five nominations and Hyperoptic and Glide both received four nominations each and Community Fibre, Jurassic Fibre, RM Education and Cerberus Networks are all nominated for three awards. The winners will be announced on 4th November 2021 at a gala awards ceremony in central London. Tickets will go on sale later in the summer.
Now in its 23rd year, the ISPA Awards is the longest running and most prestigious awards for the UK’s ISP industry. To keep the awards fresh and reflective of an innovative and changing sector, this year we added the Best Ultrafast ISP category for the growing number of providers and packages provided faster broadband speeds, while the Social Impact Award recognises those helping bridge the digital divide.
The shortlist for the Internet Hero category will be unveiled closer to the ceremony, and once again we will be crowdsourcing suggestions from the public in the coming months.
Finalists can purchase their finalist logos for £500+VAT each, with special discount for multiple nominations. Please contact email@example.com for more details.
ISPA Awards 2021 sponsors
ISPA POLICY UPDATE
All eyes on cyber
This month ISPA engaged with several Government consultations on cyber policy, including the Home Office call for views on reforming the Computer Misuse Act which we submitted evidence to. ISPA is now working with members to respond to a DCMS call for views on cyber security in supply chains and managed service providers. The Telecoms Security Bill continued its journey through the House of Lords with Peers participating in the second reading earlier this week. ISPA is working with DCMS to ensure members are well informed and prepared for the new security framework.
ISPA engages on Online Safety Bill
ISPA met with members to discuss the Draft Online Safety Bill including the possible impact on members and next steps. The team have engaged with a number of stakeholders and will continue to engage with Government on the Bill.
ISPA continues raising awareness of barriers to broadband
This month was another busy month for broadband policy in particular Electronic Communications Code (ECC) reform and barriers to broadband. The ISPA secretariat gave evidence on rural broadband and the barriers faced to the APPG on Rural Business for their enquiry into rural productivity. ISPA have submitted further evidence on the barriers to broadband rollout to the inquiry. The secretariat also met with MPs and their offices to raise awareness of the importance of ECC reform and to gather support for reform in the new Product Security and Telecommunications Bill when it returns to Parliament. The GigaTAG report was published at the start of June, the report had three main recommendations on how to encourage take up of gigabit-capable broadband including for Ofcom to look at introducing a common set of terminology and use cases as well as local and national campaigns. The Secretariat have met with Ofcom to discuss their initial thoughts on terminology as well as their plans for engagement with firms. The secretariat will continue to follow this work closely as Ofcom begins to hold workshops.
Preparing for the PSTN switch off - Openreach & ISPA Council Member from Vostron interview
Sam Strover, ISPA Council Member and CEO of the business ISP Vostron recently caught up with Phil Laws, Senior Manager, CP and Stakeholder Engagement at Openreach on the challenges of the PSTN switch off. This was a useful opportunity to clarify the implications for vulnerable customers and special services as well as the next steps for CPs to get ready by December 2025.
You can also sign up to Openreach’s Call Waiting List here to stay up to date: https://bit.ly/3g0eZs4
For more information, please visit Openreach’s newly dedicated area focused on the digital upgrade: https://bit.ly/2S9vPM5
Full Fibre Infrastructure Partner
Last month Rob Tristram, Head of Network Optimisation at CityFibre, took part in the ‘Delivering Gigabit Britain: Meeting the Challenge’ webinar, where alongside fellow panel members, discussed the topic ‘Overcoming the latest technological, financial and operational challenges to deliver next-generation networks in the UK’.
During the discussion, Rob focused on CityFibre’s commitment to not only building a digital platform fit for the next generation but also the company’s aim to support ISP growth. By providing the right systems, services, and products, CityFibre makes it easy for ISPs to work and partner with them to grow.
Rob also illustrated how CityFibre is executing on its plans to reach 8 million homes and businesses with Full Fibre by 2025 and more recently the company announced that it is opening the door to new opportunity by looking to partner with traditionally business-focused ISPs who are seeking to target new growth in the consumer market.
This is fantastic news for ISPA members wanting to work with CityFibre and leverage the opportunities that Full Fibre brings to both the business and consumer markets. To find out more about CityFibre’s consumer ISP opportunities, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Disaggregated Solutions Partner
World's First Hands on with the AS7926-40XKFB – 100G Open Aggregation Router
Ideal for Service Providers looking for freedom and control in choosing the components best suited for their use cases.
We are excited to announce the release of Edgecore Network’s Jericho 2 AS7926-40XKFB Core Leaf Router. Our Senior Technical Engineer, Barry McGinley, gets his hands on the newly released disaggregated router and gives a quick overview of the features and benefits. Designed with the Broadcom StrataDNX Jericho2 silicon and providing a bandwidth over 9.6Tbps over 40x 100G QSFP28 Network Interfaces & 13x 400G QSFP-DD Fabric Interfaces in a 2RU form factor, the Open Aggregation Router can be deployed as a disaggregated core and edge router, or as a standalone 100G aggregation router. Watch the demo here.
Jericho 2 Standalone Application
As a standalone router, the Jericho 2 router can be deployed at the edge network to enable transport services. It is also suitable for central office data centers and network aggregation.
Jericho 2 & Ramon Application
Together with the 400G Ramon core router, the Jericho 2 router forms a distributed chassis architecture to build a scalable and flexible network infrastructure that provides high throughout bandwidth for routing, packet processing, and efficient traffic management.
Set up a free consultation with our Senior Technical Engineer now to discuss future-proofing your network.
Fibre Technologies Partner
FIBRAIN is always one step ahead and ready for new challenges.
Let us introduce HALNy HL-4GXV a Premium GPON ONT WIFI AX ROUTER that acts as GPON Home Gateway Unit and is designed to provide affordable access to FTTH networks. HL-4GXV design guarantees multi-interoperability with number of OLT vendors. The ONT/ONU products are tested and have proven interoperability with most major GPON OLT Vendors.
HALNy HL-4GXV provides one GPON port, four Gigabit Ethernet ports, Dual-Band WIFI 6 (2.4G and 5G) Wireless interface with four external antennas and one Voice FXS ports. This gives possibility to support full triple play services for high speed Internet access, IPTV and voice.
HALNy specializes in cost-effective designs, and works closely with service providers to improve their business case through a comprehensive range of standard products, supporting the industry’s common demands. HALNy also provides custom designs and services to meet unique customer needs.
TV & Smart WiFi Partner
The summer of sports gets even better!
England qualifying for the quarter-finals is not the only good news this week... for our ISP partners that is!
Netgem customers with their TV package from selected Internet Service Providers including co-branded Origin TV and Community Fibre TV customers are now set to enjoy a full ’Summer of Sport’ running from June after the recent partnerships with BT Sport and Fuel TV, and Netgem will add over 15 sports channels to their line up from this month at no extra cost to the viewers or the ISPs.
This extra differentiator versus traditional Pay TV services (where nothing gets ever added for free!) is brought through an European wide partnership with new free, ad-supported sport TV specialist, SportsTribal TV. These high quality 24/7 linear sports streaming TV channels will entertain a wide and diverse range of fans who love sports such as; eSports, lacrosse, extreme, action and adventure sports, MMA, billiards, pool and snooker TV, live U.S collegial games, women's football, Poker, Health and real-time fitness classes, electric motorsports, equestrian sports, skiing and snowboarding and many more all powered by SportsTribal TV.
This partnership continues to build on the momentum of Netgem TV in the UK & Ireland - having added more than 30 channels since the start of 2021 and launched a series of Free and great value On-Demand services such as Filmzie, W4Free, or Acorn TV. . Shan Eisenberg, Chief Commercial Officer at Netgem UK commented: “Adding the best Free Ad Supported Streaming TV (FAST) players makes a lot of sense to boost the value of our TV packages and in turn the value of Fibre & TV bundles for our ISP partners in the UK and Ireland - that’s even more the case for Sports which as a category has suffered from the pandemic in the past year and sports fans are craving for a big comeback in stadiums as well as on TV.”
Peter Rampling, CCO of Community Fibre added: “Only a few weeks after adding the premium add-on of BT Sport available with a monthly subscription at £25/month, we are delighted to reinforce the Community Fibre TV value proposition with high quality free sports channels. Combined with the power of 100% full fibre broadband, sports fans will really feel like they are in the middle of all the action this summer.”
It’s not too late to tie-in with the restart of the Premier League in August, streaming in 4K on your beautiful Ultrafast network – right in time for the Broadband switchers seasonal peak. Simply get in touch at email@example.com
CX & Smart WiFi Partner
Which devices show increasing needs for cyber-protection?
In the home-working era, consumers are more reliant on rock-solid cyber-security than ever. However, Plume's latest data insights suggest that surprisingly it’s not the device types more strongly associated with productivity, such as computers and smartphones, that have the most rapidly increasing cyber-protection needs.
Data from the Plume Cloud shows that in the U.S., entertainment devices, and specifically Smart TVs, have seen the highest percentage growth in cyber-threats blocked—238% and 433% respectively. Meanwhile, Europe tops the geo chart with 658 threats blocked on average per household in May 2021.
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