ISPA Conference 2017 -  What lies ahead for the UK Internet Industry

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ISPA's 12th Annual Conference is taking place on Wednesday 8th November at the iconic BT Tower, London. It is ISPA’s largest and most high profile policy event and comes at an exciting time for the sector. Delegates will gain market insight, analyse and debate the pressing regulatory, legal, policy and technological issues including Openreach reform, Government support of full fibre, barriers to broadband roll out, online safety and cyber security.  The conference will explore the changing landscape, assess what impact it will have on ISPs and provide delegates with the opportunity to debate how providers should react to stay competitive in challenging market conditions. The keynote speakers include:

  • Matthew Gould, Director General for Digital and Media, DCMS
  • Clive Selley, CEO, Openreach
  • Jonathan Oxley, Group Director for Competition, Ofcom
  • Ian Levy, Technical Director, NCSC

Additional keynotes from our sponsors Simon McCalla, Chief Technology Officer, Nominet and Sam Alderman-Miller, Senior Cyber Security Manager, Darktrace.

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The Conference wouldn't be possible without our sponsors, please find below profiles of the companies who have helped shape this year’s event

Darktrace is the world’s leading machine learning company for cyber security. Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, the Enterprise Immune System uses AI algorithms to automatically detect and take action against cyber-threats within all types of networks, including physical, cloud and virtualized networks, as well as IoT and industrial control systems. A self-configuring platform, Darktrace requires no prior set-up, identifying advanced threats in real time, including zero-days, insiders and stealthy, silent attackers. Headquartered in San Francisco and Cambridge, UK, Darktrace has 24 offices worldwide.

Nominet is driven by a commitment to use technology to improve connectivity, security and inclusivity online.  For 20 years, Nominet has run the .UK internet infrastructure, developing an expertise in the Domain Name System (DNS) that now underpins sophisticated network analytics used by governments and enterprises to mitigate cyber threats.  The company provides registry services for top level domains, and is exploring applications for a range of emerging technologies. A profit with a purpose company, Nominet supports initiatives that contribute to a vibrant digital future.

Arista Networks was founded to pioneer and deliver software driven cloud networking solutions for large data center and computing environments. Arista’s platforms, ranging in Ethernet speeds from 10 to 100Gbps, redefine scalability, agility and resilience. Arista’s Extensible Operating System (EOS) is the most advanced network operating system to enable open third party development. The software is built upon a stable, open source Linux core with a central state-oriented database that makes EOS inherently self-healing, in-service upgradeable and extremely robust.  CloudVision® extends the same architectural approach with a state-based view of the network which enables customers to move to cloud-class automation.  CloudVision is a network-wide approach for workload orchestration, automation and real-time telemetry. The proliferation of cloud architectures are transforming the internet routing landscape.  The foundation of Arista's Routing solutions is to apply the cloud principles of ‘scale-out, simplify, software driven networking’.  Customers can leverage these platforms for high performance routing, high port density and deep buffers, integrated DWDM and cloud automation, which traditional routers cannot offer.

ISPs are under pressure from major trends affecting the relationship between customers and technology and, critically, need to create brand and service differentiation. Ensuring the network capability is in place to deliver a new service and give it the best chance of success, is therefore critical. Axians have worked with ISPs for many years and understand the business model and pressures they have to manage, and support them by developing secure, carrier-grade network connectivity the successfully delivers customer expectations.

Netsweeper is a carrier grade, robust web filtering solution protecting 500 million users from harmful content on the internet.  With proven scalability for single and multi-tenant platforms, our solution is the perfect option for ISP’s to integrate through their core infrastructure. This provides a full Multi-tenant managed service to customers across Education, Healthcare, Local Government and Enterprise.  Offering 18 years’ experience within the Public sector, we filter in 32 languages and meet and exceed all PREVENT and Safeguarding requirements. Netsweeper offers a multitude of configuration options to ensure there is no single point of failure for your customers.  Incorporating Netsweeper to your network empowers our Resellers to become ‘The Cloud’ to their customer base.  Netsweeper have UK based Support, Channel and Sales management.  We are a software based solution, allowing flexibility and cost reduction for our Partners and your customers.

Cyber security, broadband and safety dominate policy this month

In a busy month after the party conference season and the return to Westminster, this month ISPA has been working closely with Ofcom on the broadband speed code of practice, the GLA and London broadband, the DCMS Gigabit Voucher Scheme and barriers to broadband rollout. The Broadband subgroup met and covered topics including the broadband speed code of practice announced by Ofcom, the continuing work of ISPA on barriers to broadband infrastructure deployment and the response to the Department For Transport’s consultation on the future of lane rental schemes.

The ISPA cyber security working group also met this month with an agenda looking at implementation of the NIS Directive, the National Cyber Security Strategy and the National Security and Infrastructure Investment Review Green Paper.

A meeting of the Content, Safety and Liability working group is coming up in November to discuss and update ISPA’s position following the publication of the Internet Safety Strategy Green Paper earlier this month. Our original press comment can be found here.

A list of recent ISPA policy submission can be found on the ISPA website.

ISPA Forum - Save the date

Please save the date for an upcoming ISPA Member’s Forum in Manchester on 31st January 2018, kindly hosted by DLA Piper LLP. This event is free to attend and will present ISPA's policy work, GDPR update, Ombudsman Services work and update on the Greater Manchester Local Full Fibre Networks.

If you wish to attend please RSVP to

ISPA in the News

ISPA provided comments to BBC News, Ars Technica and uSwitch on the Ofcom's report on internet speeds. Telecompaper, ISP Review and thinkbroadband also published our response to the internet safety green paper.

New ISPA Members

ISPA is delighted to welcome three new members this month: York Data Services, Hub Network Services and Derbyshire Broadband.

ISPA membership offers many benefits, find out more and join at:

Event Partnerships

INCA is holding its annual conference in Newcastle at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on 15/16 November. Further details can be found here.

Other events

We offer a 15% discount to our members for FTIP – Future Tech IP Summit on 27th November in London and give our members savings of at least £200 on tickets for the 2nd Edition Operational Challenges for GDPR Implementation in Banks event, taking place between 20th and 22nd November in London. Our members can also receive a free ticket to Parliament & Internet conference, taking place on 21st November.

More details on ISPA partner events is here.