Openreach CEO and Ofcom Director among 18 speakers confirmed for the ISPA Conference

The 20th anniversary ISPA Conference ‘The Future Communications Landscape’ is now less than two months away and we have five panels with senior figures discussing subjects such as 5G, G.Fast, how businesses will use the Internet, cyber security, the Ofcom review and surveillance. There are now 18 speakers confirmed including Openreach CEO Joe Garner, Ofcom Director of Strategy Clive Carter, Gigaclear CEO, Matthew Hare and BT Research MD Dr Tim Whitley.  Kindly hosted by Openreach at the BT Tower, panels will look at the future trends for:

  • Business communications Sponsored by Venus
  • Communications data
  • Investment in networks Sponsored by Yaana Technologies
  • ISP technologies and what the new technology will enable Sponsored by Arista Networks
  • A keynote from Ashley Stephenson, CEO of Corero.

The conference takes place 09:00-18:00 on Wednesday 18 November at the BT Tower and tickets are £95 for members and £195 for non-members, including lunch at the top of the tower and networking drinks. A full agenda and speaker list is here and tickets can be booked here.


The Politics of encryption: ISPA to debate encryption at the Parliament & Internet Conference

ISPA will be discussing encryption at the annual Parliament & Internet Conference on 29 October in the Houses of Parliament. Encryption is a vital tool in many online services and underpins trust in the digital economy, however there have been recent calls to create back doors into encryption to update investigative tools. The panel will discuss how Government and industry can maintain user and business confidence with encryption, while at the same time ensuring the police and intelligence services have the right powers in place to combat crime using encrypted services. The event is free, but as space is limited it is invitation only. To request a space, please email


The DDoS Opportunity for Service Providers

DDoS is an important area of focus for service providers, given the bandwidth capacity and volume of customers. This brings an immense opportunity to provide sophisticated threat response to your users as part of an enterprise-grade solution—one which will open up important new revenue streams while delivering customer loyalty. Modern DDoS mitigation approaches also can help reduce overall opex and capex through automation and localizing the service, thereby delivering faster response and reducing unwanted backhaul traffic. Access the following ebook, courtesy of Corero Network Security, to better understand the evolution of DDoS protection and go here for more information.


ISPA responds to superfast broadband Parliamentary inquiry

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons is holding an inquiry on superfast broadband and ISPA has been working with members to respond. ISPA will be saying to Parliament that the UK already has world class connectivity, but more needs to be done in the hardest to reach areas.


ISPA reaching out to Parliament on broadband

As part of our ISPA’s goal to educate Parliament and policymakers about the Internet, ISPA has been working with some of the 182 new Members of Parliament to explain how the UK broadband market works and how ISPA members are delivering services across the UK. We will be working with members individually who would like to meet their local MP as we brief and meet with parliamentarians.


Jeremy Corbyn highlights broadband investment

ISPA attended the Labour Party Conference and heard Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn MP highlight broadband as an investment priority and we will be engaging with the new Labour leadership to understand this in more detail. Broadband was also debated at fringe events, with the final 5% and  the idea of a USO featuring at several events.


Communications data leads ISPA news coverage

Mi5 boss Andrew Parker gave the first broadcast media interview of a sitting head of an intelligence service this month where he called for new communications data powers. ISPA responded by reiterating the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation’s view that the case has not yet been made for further powers and the new Bill needs to properly balance privacy, security, maintaining user trust and the cost to industry. We featured in the Daily Mail, Guardian, and the Times among others and full coverage is here.


Numbergroup joins ISPA

ISPA would like to welcome Birmingham based VoIP provider Numbergroup to the association.


Deals for members

ISPA secures a range of discounts for members at external events and a full listing can be seen here.