INCA today announce a quality cloud system at the Technology Strategy Board's Collaboration Nation event, designed to offer a checklist and scoring system for independent networks. Part-funded by the TSB, the Quality Marque provides a common set of standards to improve the quality of services offered and allows networks to attract more ISPs and potentially more customers.
Government and industry estimate that commercial roll-out of next generation access (NGA) will cover about two thirds of the population (Digital Britain Report, Britain's Superfast Broadband Future).
Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) has been set up to help local authorities fund the capital costs of schemes to cover the remaining third with an expectation that a variety of non-incumbent projects will cover between 10% and a third of the population, mainly in rural areas. BDUK will invest £530 Million.
Physically putting fibre in the ground is only one aspect, few communities will have the capacity to develop their own network management, provisioning and billing systems. The cost of providing dedicated local support person for each of these networks would be prohibitive.
At the moment, independent networks are springing up and developing their own solutions, however, given the complexity and scale of these networks, it would make it easier if they could work in partnerships. So, how can we manage to get the patchwork quilt of independent networks working more closely together and aggregate demand for services?