ISPA Awards

Internet Hero and Villain

Broadband, cyber security & censorship dominate the ISPAs Hero and Villain nominees. The 2017 ISPA Awards Hero and Villain shortlist has been announced, with cyber security, broadband rollout and online censorship featuring prominently.

As ever, the nominations are informed by public submissions, with a final shortlist determined by the ISPA Council. The winners across all 17 categories will be announced on the evening of July 13th at the gala awards ceremony.

The 2017 Hero Shortlist

  • Marcus Hutchins, @MalwareTechBlog – for finding the WannaCry killswitch, shining a light on the tech community’s fight against cyber crime
  • Mark Jackson, the editor of ISP Review – for providing a helpful, user-friendly guide to the ISP market for the last 18 years for consumers and industry alike
  • National Cyber Security Centre – for stepping up Government’s cyber security capabilities
  • Global Network Initiative & Access Now - for an international campaign highlighting the huge economic cost and social impact of internet shutdowns around the world

The 2017 Villain Shortlist

  • WannaCry hackers – for the ransomware attack that hit a fifth of NHS trusts
  • Treasury and the Valuation Office Agency – for adding to the cost of broadband rollout with its excessive business rates revaluation
  • Russia's communications regulator – for threatening to ban encrypted messaging apps
  • President Erdogan – for cracking down on online freedom of expression, including blocking Wikipedia and social media

Last chance to get your tickets for the Internet event of the year!

The 19th ISPA Awards ceremony is taking place in Café de Paris in London on Thursday 13th July, with only a final handful of tickets remaining. You can book through Eventbrite here, or contact Tickets to this black tie event include a welcome drinks reception, three course meal and drinks during the dinner, keynote address from the CEO of the National Cyber Security Centre Ciaran Martin, stand up comedian Ed Gamble as a compere of the gala ceremony and DJ set until the early hours. We are offering a discounted rates for ISPA Members and ISPA Awards 2017 Nominees.

A few words from the ISPA Awards sponsors

Magrathea offers a wide range of services to meet the needs of your business, whether based on VoIP or traditional TDM network technology. Because of our strengths in integrating these two technologies, our use of modern equipment and our expertise, we are perfectly placed to help you drive your vision forward. We aim to help businesses and service providers around the world deliver first class solutions by providing a full range of managed voice and data services. Managed Call Termination, Voice over IP, Voice Peering, Geographic Numbering, Premium Rate Services, Secure Voice and Managed Colocation are just some of the services we offer. Whatever your requirements, talk to us about your voice and data needs and let us work together to deploy solutions that will make your business stand out! See us at or call 0345 004 0040

Xantaro is a vendor-independent Service Integrator focussing on carrier-class networks and services, cloud infrastructures and orchestration. Being the single point of contact towards numerous international technology leaders, Xantaro supports its customers locally in the sustained development of business critical networks and high-performance services, across technological and corporate boundaries. The long lasting experience and the multilateral know-how of its in-house technology experts is concentrated by Xantaro into the core competence of "Service Integration": Through a useful combination of existing and/or new network components and technologies within an end-to-end services portfolio, tailored solutions are evolved. From network planning, design and proof-of-concept through delivery, installation and implementation to operational support and maintenance services. More details at

Purdicom is a fast-growing, UK-based distributor of professional wireless communications equipment – proving a one-stop-shop for all wireless, security and connectivity solutions. The company is 12 years old, employs over 40 staff and has achieved 15 industry awards. Purdicom works with leading-edge wireless vendors and aims to add real value as a distributor - to ensure that customers have the best experience and see the benefits of using state-of-the-art wireless technology.

Ruckus delivers simply better connections, so you can deliver awesome customer experiences. Our high-performance network infrastructure provides secure, reliable access to applications and services no matter how tough the environment. We innovate across wireless and wired technology to meet industry-specific needs. When connectivity really matters, organizations turn to Ruckus.

RADWIN is a leading provider of Point-to-Multipoint and Point-to-Point broadband wireless solutions. Incorporating the most advanced technologies such as a Beam-forming antenna and an innovative Air Interface. RADWIN’s systems deliver optimal performance in the toughest conditions including high interference and obstructed line-of-sight. Deployed in over 170 countries, RADWIN’s solutions power applications including backhaul, broadband access, private network connectivity, video surveillance transmission as well as delivering broadband for trains and metros. Visit RADWIN: Email: Want to join our sponsors? Call us on 020 3397 3304

ISPA Hosts Data Protection Compliance Workshop

ISPA hosted a data protection compliance workshop with the Information Commissioner’s Office and legal experts from Kemp Little this month. The event looked at the upcoming changes in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how the ICO intend to work with smaller and medium sized ISPs on compliance and auditing for the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulation (PECR). With data protection and breach reporting high up on the media agenda, the event provided an excellent opportunity for ISPA members to speak directly with the regulator about the steps that they can take to ensure that they are fully compliant with all the relevant rules and regulations. Kemp Little also provided an excellent introduction into the key changes that will be introduced by the GDRP. Slides and notes from the event are available for ISPA members (via and we are planning to continue or work with the ICO in the coming months.

EuroISPA Anniversary

EuroISPA, the voice of the European Internet industry, hosted its 20th year anniversary celebration at the prestigious Bibliothèque Solvay in Brussels on 20th June 2017. ISPA UK was present and enjoyed the hospitality of our EuroISPA colleagues. The delegates heard a keynote addresses from Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union and Juhan Lepasaar, Head of Cabinet for Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip.

Upcoming Events ADR Workshop

ISPA is pleased to be hosting a consumer regulation  workshop with Ombudsman services and ITSPA members on 28th September. Ombudsman services will explain how their ADR service works and will provide tips on how to deal with the customer complaints efficiently. The event is free to attend for our members. If you wish to attend please RSVP to

Save the Date for the Annual ISPA Conference - November 8th   

Save the date for the annual ISPA Conference, a key event for members and ISP community, kindly being hosted at the BT Tower on 8th November. From Openreach reform, Government's commitment to full fibre, the Universal Service Obligation  and barriers to broadband, to Cyber-security and ISPs being asked to play a more active role in cyber defence, through to data protection requirements, liability provisions and customer expectations, the conference will explore this changing landscape, assess what impact it will have on ISPs and provide attendees with the opportunity to debate how providers would react to stay competitive in challenging market conditions. If you wish to get involved and help shape the agenda or sponsor please contact the ISPA team at or 020 3397 3304.

Voneus joined ISPA

Voneus pride themselves on their innovation and customer service to bring cutting edge broadband solutions to the people that need it most. They work with local communities in rural and metro areas to bring them the broadband that they need, consulting with community groups to find the best and most affordable solution.

Learn more about joining here.

Event Partnerships

ISPA is a media partner of free events Channel Live on September 12th and 13th in Birmingham, Cyber Security Europe, taking place on 4th and 5th October in London and FTIP – Future Tech IP Summit on 27th November. For which we offer a 15% discount to ISPA members. More details on ISPA Partner events is here