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March Newsletter

Invitation to the Distributed Core Network and Network Automation Workshop Presented by ISPA Partner

31st March, ISPA offices, 69 Wilson Street, London, EC2A 2BB

The Distributed Core Network and Network Automation Workshop will be taking place on 31st March in our offices in London. The workshop is aimed at CTOs, Network Service Engineers, and Product Managers.

During this workshop, our partners Salumanus will suggest solutions to obtain a network architecture that provides seamless connectivity. They will take a closer look at each level of Distributed Core Network and show how different network faults are dealt with by Network Automation mechanisms inside and between switches. Their Wavelength Division Multiplexing will also give you an overview on how to use this technology to implement Distributed Core Network as well as provide seamless connectivity with your existing network infrastructure. They will suggest where else in your network you could benefit from WDM advantages.

Please find the full agenda here.

This workshop is free to attend, please RSVP to admin@ispa.org.uk to secure your place.

Telecoms Infrastructure Bill clears House of Commons

The broadband subgroup has continued its busy start to the year engaging with policy makers across DCMS, Ofcom and in Parliament. With the Telecoms Infrastructure Bill rapidly making its way through the House of Commons, ISPA put together a written submission for the Bill Committee. This submission outlined the main areas where ISPA would like to see amendments to the Bill and the Secretariat will continue to meet with Parliamentarians to further deliver these arguments.

ISPA’s sets out its priorities for Ofcom

February has also been a busy month of Ofcom deadlines. The subgroup compiled a response to the Ofcom Annual Plan for 2020-21 which made points around overburdensome regulation and consultation processes. ISPA also responded to the Ofcom Consultation on the European Electronic Communications Code, which must be transposed into UK law by the end of the year. This response argued for more proportionate implementation of the Code, and outlined potential issues around definitions of small businesses and vulnerable customers.

ISPA gives a cautious welcome to Government approach to Online Harms

DCMS responded to the Online Harms White Paper consultation through which ISPA urged for: a clear definition of ‘harm’; the size of companies to be taken into consideration to avoid overburdening smaller businesses; the chosen regulator to have strong technical knowledge and capabilities; and for ISP blocking to be a mechanism of last resort.

The Government’s response revealed that it is ‘minded’ to appoint Ofcom as the online harms’ regulator and clarified that the legislative scope would encompass companies that ‘facilitate the sharing of user generated content’. It also highlighted that companies will have to meet minimum standards, set by the regulator, facilitating the ability for users to raise concerns over harmful content.

ISPA released a press statement acknowledging the important steps that the Paper takes, but will continue to push for greater clarification over areas including: how Ofcom will use its new powers; how Ofcom will deal with companies based abroad and how ISP blocking would work, especially in the context of technical developments including DNS-over-HTTPS.

ISPA Awards enters the all-important technical testing phase

Entries have been submitted for the 2020 ISPA Awards and are currently undergoing technical testing to determine the category shortlists. The next deadline for entrants is to fill in the awards submission entries on Friday 27th March, you can find all categories details and links to the forms here.

The shortlist will be revealed in April and winners at the awards ceremony on 2nd July at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane hotel, Piccadilly, London. Tickets are already on sale and you can book your table or individual tickets either through Eventbrite for card payments here or email awards@ispa.org.uk. As always, ISPA members and shortlisted companies receive discounted places.

Book your tickets for the ISPA Awards ceremony on 2nd July here

Sponsor the 2020 ISPAs

There are also great benefits if you decide to sponsor the awards (one of them is a table at the awards ceremony in prime position). For more information please click on the pack below or contact awards@ispa.org.uk. We are happy to tailor make each package to your company's needs.

Click here to open the ISPA Awards sponsorship pack

Parliament and Internet Conference 

The 14th annual conference took place in Portcullis House in London last week. The prestigious event featured keynotes and panel discussions across the day as more than 200 senior industry figures heard from the Minister for Digital Infrastructure Matt Warman, ICO, DCMS, Ofcom, parliamentarians, leading industry figures, academics and more.

ISPA Partners

       

If you would like to join the ISPA 2020 annual partnership programme to regularly engage with our members and benefit from strong visibility, thought-leadership and enhanced networking at many ISPA events, please get in touch now, email admin@ispa.org.uk or call 020 3397 3304.

Cyber Security Workshop
18th March, 2pm-5pm

We are delighted to announce we will host our first workshop on the 18th March in London, at which we will demonstrate how you can retain and grow your customer base with new and innovative security services, such as SD WAN and SASE, whilst also reducing cost and complexity of deployment and management giving you an overall lower TCO. We will also share case studies and blueprints on how you can enhance your Managed Security Services offering. The workshop will take place in ISPA's offices, 69 Wilson Street, London, EC2A 2BB.

ISPA members can register for the SonicWall Workshop by emailing admin@ispa.org.uk

ISPA in the Press

In February, ISPA commented on Ofcom's new powers and appointment of the new CEO in ISPreview and Telecoms.com; new rules introduced to combat price hikes on phone and internet deals in Herald Scotland and Mozilla's DNS over HTTPS news in Venture Beat and Analytics India Magazine.

Events Partnerships

ISPA offers its members a variety of discounts for events that we partner with. Looking ahead, these are the events of the current media partners: Smart Home ExpoIoT Tech Expo Global 2020Call & Contact Centre ExpoDigital Transformation EXPO ManchesterCustomer + User Experience Expo and Noord Data & Analytics UK Dialogue in March and Digital Risk: Managing Risk and Security in Digital Age and Digital Identity and Access Management Forum: BFSI Market in May.

For more information and discounts please visit our website. If you would like to advertise your events here, please contact Michaela@ispa.org.uk

 

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