ISPA Awards Finalists Revealed

The ISPA Awards shortlist was revealed last week. Please find the full shortlist below.

We are also excited to announce that Internet Villain will be back this year by popular demand! We ask you to nominate your Internet Hero and Villain for 2019, recognising the transformative way in which they have shaped the internet for the benefit or detriment of all. Please send your nominations to

Best Consumer ISP
Sponsored by

Community Fibre
Vodafone UK
Wessex Internet

Best Business ISP
Sponsored by

Cerberus Network
Exa Networks
RM Education

Best Rural ISP
Beeline Broadband
Wessex Internet

Best Customer Service
PCCW Global
Zen Internet

Best Infrastructure Provider
City Fibre
Zen Internet

Best Hosted Provider
CWCS Managed Hosting
Krystal Hosting
Storm Internet

Best PR Campaign
Internet Watch Foundation - #SoSockingSimple
KCOM - Lightstream full fibre broadband
Vodafone UK - Family Squad

Executive of the year
Elsa Chen - Entanet
Dana Tobak - Hyperoptic
Jenny Davies - M247
Claire Brown - Spectrum Internet
Gary Hall - WebMate

Best Cyber Security
RM Education
Storm Internet
Talk Straight

Best VoIP
Sponsored by

Gradwell Communications
Network Telecom

Best Partnership
Exa Networks
RM Education

Best Customer Solution
Sponsored by

PCCW Global
Storm Internet
Talk Straight

Sponsor of the ISPA Hero category.Click here to view the ISPA Awards sponsorship pack

ISPA Awards Ceremony

11th July 2019
Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel, London

The ISPA Awards ceremony is one of the highlights of the ISP calendar for our members where you can meet all your peers and celebrate another successful year in style. This year we are back in fabulous art deco ballroom of Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel on Piccadilly in London. Tickets are now on sale through the button below.

The gala includes networking drinks reception, sponsored by Openreach, a three course meal with wine, awards ceremony hosted by Matt Richardson and live band Kudos to finish off the proceedings. You can buy individual tickets or get a discount if you book a whole table (for 10 people).

Book your tickets for the ISPA Awards here

ISPA Conference 2019
Securing Network Rollout and Integrity

Last chance to book your tickets!

kindly hosted by

15 Fetter Ln
London , EC4A 1JP
22nd May 2019

sponsored by

The Agenda
Keynote 1: James Heath, Digital Infrastructure Director, DCMS

Presentation: Oliver Johnson, Point Topic

Panel 1 – Business Broadband
What is next for business broadband?
Despite its unique characteristics and challenges, the business broadband market only rarely features in public, political and regulatory debates. This panel will:

  • Explore how the business broadband market will change in response to full fibre rollout programmes
  • Define the features that might explain why a different regulatory approach is needed to support the market
  • Outline what regulators and policy makers need to do to allow providers to develop the business broadband market to its full potential

Chair: Oliver Johnson, Point Topic
Lee Turner, Gamma
Gita Sorensen, GOS Consulting

Keynote 2: Q&A with Openreach

Panel 2: Broadband Barriers
How can barriers to broadband roll out be busted in a collaborative way?

The DCMS set up the Barrier Busting Task Force (BBTF) with collaboration and facilitation at its heart. With the consultations ongoing, there are many calling for the Government to be more ambitious, whilst others are concerned that existing good will and relationships could be jeopardised though increased legislation. This panel will explore:

  • Are there other ways to reduce these barriers outside wider legislation?
  • Is the BBTF going far enough to facilitate this, and where would industry like to see them do more?
  • Is the Government doing enough to prioritise the delivery of their full fibre ambitions?

Chair: Will Newton, WiredScore
Pete McDougall, DCMS
James Fredrickson, Gigaclear
Charles Trotman, CLA
Catherine Colloms, Openreach

Presentation: Salumanus


Panel 3 – DNS over HTTPS
How should ISP respond to DNS over HTTPS by default? / Is DNS over HTTPS going to lock ISPs out of their networks?
Producers of internet browsers are currently considering whether to enable DNS over HTTPS, a new internationally approved standard for DNS resolution, as the default option for their products. This panel will explore:

  • What are the opportunities and risks of the widespread adoption of these standards?
  • Do these standards risk pushing margins of the internet value chain?

Chair: Graham Smith – Bird&Bird
Hugh Dixon – Sky
Vittolo Bertola – Open Xchange
Jim Killock - Open Rights Group
NCSC speaker

ISPA members can claim one free ticket per company, please contact to reserve yours. Tickets can be purchased in the button below.

Book your tickets for ISPA Conference here

DCMS join Broadband Subgroup Workshop

The Broadband subgroup welcomed Head of the DCMS Barrier Busting Task Force, Pete McDougall, to a workshop to discuss the Government’s plans to roll out legislation to aid infrastructure deployment on a large scale. After picking Pete’s brains on a number of topics, the subgroup went on to discuss the many live policy consultations and issues affecting the sector. The ongoing ISPA campaign on business rates reform was furthered through a submission to the Treasury Committee highlighting the need for a fully transparent, fair and predictable system of business rates across the industry. The full submission can be found on the ISPA website, here.

ISPA Partnership
ISPA Partners for 2019

This month articles from our Partners

‘Days of channel hopping are over’ as the average TV viewer only watches 12 of the 215 channels they sign up to

  • New study by reveals how people’s viewing habits are rapidly changing
  • Streaming platforms now as common as Sky, Virgin Media and BT TV packages
  • A third of all TV watched in the UK is now streamed – and 1 in 5 (21%) people who pay for a TV package even admit they stream content every day on top of their subscriptions
  • Yet 4 out of 10 aged 55 and over say they still use a printed TV guide

Please read the full article here.

Geordies toon in to UK’s most expensive TVdeals, paying £215 more than UK average

  • People in Newcastle shell out £215 per-year more than the national average for their TV packages
  • Research reveals that the typical British household pays £51 for a TV subscription such as Sky, Virgin or BT
  • But 1 in 5 customers say they still turn to the internet to stream content ‘every day'

The full press release is here.

Salumanus since 2002 is a Polish distributor and provider of network infrastructure solutions. We are European Exclusive Distributor of GBC Photonics optical transceivers and xWDM solutions. We provide pre-sales support, technical assistance and full warranty options for all products. For optical transceivers we guarantee compatibility with almost all devices on the market. If you look for the best quality transceivers including SFP+/XFP Tunable, QSFP28 DWDM as well as Coherent optics, do not hesitate, please write to us:

DrayTek UK launched Vigor P2500, a high port density, high-performance, fully managed 50 Port Gigabit Switch with 44 PoE+ Ports.

Designed for centralised management, the VigorSwitch P2500 can be configured and monitored instantly through both the VigorACS cloud management platform and/or, a DrayTek Vigor router's central switch management.

VigorSwitch P2500 is ideal for business networks with many PoE devices, it delivers robust performance and simplifies the management of growing networks.

If you would like to join ISPA as a partner to regularly engage with our members and benefit from strong visibility, thought-leadership and enhanced networking at several events, please get in touch with Audrey: 

ISPA in the Press

ISPA Awards finalists announcement was covered by Telecompaper and ISPReview.

Our comments on UK government introduction of online porn age checks we picked up by Forbes, The Independent, Computer Weekly, ValueWalk, SC Magazine

We also responded to Online Harms white paper story in telecompaper.

Partner Events

ISPA is happy to promote a roundtable session on Telco Cybersecurity at Plexal, on 7 May between 9am – 12pm. This session will convene those with an interest in Telco security – including providers, major suppliers, advisors and Government – to explore the emerging security challenges and better understand the cyber needs in the sector. Discussion areas will include:

  • Core services which are coming closer to the edge
  • SDN / NFV infrastructure
  • Supply chain security and resilience

Please respond to if you would like to attend.

The other events that ISPA is a media partner of are Intelligent Automation and AI In Insurance Europe 2019  in May, for which ISPA members can get £100 discount; and Connected Britain in June, with 15% discount to our members.

For all partner events details and exclusive discount codes for ISPA members, please visit our website.