News

Recent news items from the Independent Networks Cooperative Association are listed below. Also in this section of the site we have brought together recent news and opinion from a number of respected sources, including SamKnows.com, thinkbroadband.com, and Adrian Wooster's influential blog.

INCA July 2017 Newsletter

Our July newsletter includes news of recent INCA events, the government's Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, and notice of our forthcoming 2017 conference, which this year will be in Newcastle upon Tyne. Also news of an event hosted by Cambium Networks, and recent market opportunities.

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May 2017 Newsletter

INCA's May Newsletter is out, with news from Gigaclear, the launch of M24Seven, Townsend's move from BDUK to CFC, ASA review, Ofcom consultation, new projects, events and more.

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INCA Budget Response

Members of the Independent Networks Co-operative Association have given the Budget a broad 'thumbs up'. INCA's chair David Cullen said, "It is very encouraging that the Chancellor has further reinforced the commitment to Full Fibre and 5G. INCA members look forward to helping develop both policy strands."

The Altnets are growing into a significant force, reaching more than 650,000 premises with full fibre connections in both urban and rural areas, with plans to reach 5m by 2020. Many more homes and businesses are reached by fixed wireless operators delivering superfast services in challenging rural locations. The budget announcements will help accelerate the growth of this competitive sector, giving confidence to investors that there is strong support for the new policy direction announced by the Government last Autumn. Growth in the altnet sector will in turn spur the incumbents to do more.

Malcolm Corbett, INCA's CEO said, "We have regular contact with government officials and Ofcom and are keen to help make the Full Fibre and 5G strategy a reality. Building the new infrastructure is good for the economy and good for the U.K. as a whole."

February 2017 Newsletter

INCA's January/February 2017 newsletter is out, featuring news about some of our development plans for the year ahead, upcoming events, new membership benefits, and more.

In this edition:

  • Our plans for the 'INCA Centre of Excellence'
  • Central Superfast Supplier Day - Feb 22
  • Bidding for BDUK Projects & The Better Broadband Scheme - Feb 28
  • NGA Accreditation for FWA Providers - March 1
  • News of the March 29 Supplier Day in Telford
  • More Upcoming event news
  • The INCA Purchasing Platform
  • SDN/NFV
  • Ask The Expert
  • Upcoming Fixed Wireless SIG Event - March 7

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INCA Response to the Autumn Statement

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Alternative network providers will welcome the Chancellor’s commitment to supporting the creation of new digital infrastructure.

INCA’s members are building the new pure fibre and wireless networks that guarantee consumers and businesses will benefit from the best, future-proofed networks for many years to come. The support anticipated in the Autumn Statement will help the Altnets meet their challenging targets for 2020 and beyond.

Malcolm Corbett, CEO of the Independent Networks Co-operative Association, representing the Altnets, said, “We welcome the Chancellor's support. The Altnets are the entrepreneurial companies and communities building new, future-proofed, pure fibre and wireless networks. They are doing a fantastic job and the Chancellor's support signals that Government is serious about creating a more competitive environment for new digital infrastructure. Digital Minister Matt Hancock said that pure fibre and wireless networks are the future. We agree and we are building those networks today."

November 2016 Newsletter

INCA's November 2016 newsletter is out, featuring news about our successful Building Gigabit Britain conference, our upcoming AGM and Strategy workshop, along with news of our members and the wider industry.

In this edition:

  • The Future is Fibre and 5G: Matt Hancock's speech at BBWF/INCA Conference
  • INCA Policy Proposals
  • Our AGM and 2017 Strategy
  • Can Vouchers Help Deliver the USO?
  • BDUK News
  • Local Authority News
  • Altnet News

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November 2016 Newsletter

INCA's November 2016 newsletter is out, featuring news about our successful Building Gigabit Britain conference, our upcoming AGM and Strategy workshop, along with news of our members and the wider industry.

In this edition:

  • The Future is Fibre and 5G: Matt Hancock's speech at BBWF/INCA Conference
  • INCA Policy Proposals
  • Our AGM and 2017 Strategy
  • Can Vouchers Help Deliver the USO?
  • BDUK News
  • Local Authority News
  • Altnet News

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September Newsletter

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INCA's September 2016 newsletter has been published, featuring news about our Building Gigabit Britain report and upcoming conference, along with news of our members and the wider industry.

In this edition:

  • The launch of the 'Building Gigabit Britain' report
  • Information about our October 19 conference
  • News of our Wireless Special Interest Group
  • BDUK Update
  • The European Digital Single Market
  • Local procurements in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire nd West Sussex
  • Wholesale agreement between Fluidata and Sky
  • CityFibre's announcement of Reading as their next Gigabit city

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INCA Demands Urgent Government Steps to Secure the UK’s Digital Future

Building Gigabit Britain

INCA has today published its Building Gigabit Britain report. outlining the Government measures required to facilitate the wide-scale deployment of FTTP, the infrastructure essential to ensure the UK remains digitally competitive. 

  • ­ Government should be targeting for 80% of businesses and homes to have pure fibre connection by 2026
  • Suspension of all business rates on new fibre assets, for the next ten years
  • Develop regulation that encourages both competition and continued private sector investment
  • An overhaul of advertising guidelines, with greater clarity for customers on connectivity quality

INCA, the organisation representing a new generation of digital infrastructure builders and internet service providers – the Altnets – has today published its Building Gigabit Britain report. The document, created in consultation with members including national players Sky and Vodafone, alongside CityFibre, Hyperoptic, Gigaclear, Relish, ITS, Warwicknet and others, outlines a number of Government measures required to facilitate the wide-scale deployment of pure fibre or ‘Fibre-to-the-Premises’ (FTTP), the infrastructure essential to ensure the UK remains digitally competitive.

July Newsletter

Matt Hancock

The INCA newsletter for July/Aug is out. 

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Headlines from the latest newsletter:

  • Welcome to Matt Hancock MP, the new minister for digital policy at DCMS
  • Brexit & the Altnets
  • Building Gigabit Britain - INCA's 2016 conference
  • Broadband World Forum
  • INCA Roadshow in Preston - The Rural Challenge
  • CityFibre and Gigaclear connect the dots
  • Broadband Boost for West Sussex

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May Newsletter

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Key points from the recent newsletter:

INCA Newsletter - February 2016

In this newsletter ....

Ofcom Reports - No breakup of BT, but Support for the Altnets

INCA to Join Forces with Broadband World Forum

INCA Wireless SIG

BDUK State Aid

European Investment Bank Wants to Hear from You

CBS-INCA Consortium Matching Service

 

INCA Statement on the Ofcom Strategic Review

INCA wholeheartedly agrees with Sharon White's statement today that "People across the UK today need affordable, reliable phone and broadband services." INCA's members provide the the best, most reliable and fastest affordable broadband in the UK. World class digital infrastructure is central to the future of the UK economy, but the current regulatory framework is struggling to deliver it. 

 

INCA, along with many other stakeholders, has argued that Ofcom’s once in a decade review offers the chance to take the bold moves required to overhaul a framework that is ripe for revision and already delivering poor competition and quality of service. 

Our strong recommendation to Ofcom was that the first step in updating the framework should be a referral to the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA). While it is disappointing that this CMA reference has not taken place, we welcome the fact that Ofcom has clearly accepted that significant change is needed, particularly in regard to BT and Openreach, the part of the business responsible for the underlying flxed line telecoms network.

However INCA members will welcome steps to open up the Openreach infrastructure to competitive providers. 

Bristol Becomes Next Gigabit City

CityFibre have announced that Bristol will become the UK's next Gigabit City as the company starts to commercialise the KCOM network it has acquired.

CityFibre continues to expand it's Gigabit city footprint, accelerated by the £90m acquisition of the KCOM national network. In Bristol CityFibre will partner with Triangle Networks to promote new ultrafast services, initially to the business sector - a similar strategy to that pursued in Aberdeen and Peterborough.

CityFibre's network now extends to 36 cities. The formal launch of the Bristol Gigabit City will be in February 2016.

 

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Funding Success Boosts Rural Broadband

Rural FTTH provider Gigaclear has announced a €25m loan from the European Investment Bank to help treble the size of it’s rural footprint. Gigaclear plans to reach an additional 40,000 premises during 2016 with its pure fibre network.

 

Matthew Hare, CEO of Gigaclear said: “This level of support is a ringing endorsement of Gigaclear as a business. EIB clearly has faith in our model and vision. It can see our own commitment to invest and how effectively we are already providing next generation infrastructure for the UK’s rural economy and communities. We’re transforming lives and businesses, giving people access to the fastest internet speeds to be found anywhere in the world and technologically future-proofing these rural communities for years to come.”

 

The EIB funding follows Gigaclear’s success in winning several local BDUK contracts. It is the largest amount the EIB has awarded to any UK business under the InnovFin initiative aimed at smaller businesses.