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The INCA Awards

Our inaugural awards scheme recognises and celebrates the best of the UK's independent network builders and operators – the Altnets.

Over recent years, the hard work of INCA members has sparked Government’s interest, placing the Altnets at the centre of its strategy for full fibre and 5G deployment across the UK. Now is the time to recognise the effort which has led to this, and the cutting-edge work being undertaken to build next-generation networks capable of supporting future broadband demands.

Submitting an entry to the Awards programme is free. All entries must be submitted by September 21 at the latest.

Seven INCAs will be presented in total in the following categories:

  • Technical Innovation
  • Commercial Innovation
  • Urban Impact
  • Rural Impact
  • Best Community Project
  • Best Public Sector Impact
  • Outstanding Contribution

Taking place at the Amba Hotel, Marble Arch, London on 5th November 2018, the awards dinner and ceremony will bring together the brightest and the best from the sector.

The INCAs will be an embodiment of the finest work altnets are carrying out, providing an exciting opportunity for altnets and independents to show off their achievements.

 

The Awards Categories

Technical innovation

A project/deployment using technical innovation to achieve objectives, for example, ability to reach hard places. Entries should show how technical ingenuity and innovation have enabled or helped a project, for example, a network deployment, to achieve or exceed commercial or other objectives.

Commercial Innovation

A project/deployment making effective use of collaboration between three or more organisations (contractor/client is not collaboration) – for example, public service aggregation-funded build. Entries should show how collaboration between three or more organisations has enabled or helped a project, for example a network or infrastructure deployment, to achieve or exceed shared objectives beyond what would have been achieved using conventional supplier-client contracts. Examples might include collaboration between business competitors and/or independent public sector agencies.

Urban Impact

A (mostly) urban network deployment or project with greatest social/economic impact. Entries should show how an infrastructure deployment in a city or major town, for example, a new network, has had a significant social or economic impact on the city or town.

Rural Impact

A (mostly) rural network deployment or project with greatest social/economic impact. Entries should show how an infrastructure deployment in a rural area or small town, for example, a new network, has had a significant social or economic impact on the area.

Best Community Project

A community project or organisation displaying maximum innovation/impact/collaboration/effectiveness. An entry can be a community-owned, social enterprise or other third-sector agency or a community, voluntary or third sector-led project. Entrants should show how they have achieved exceptional results or progress through efficacy, professionalism, innovation or collaboration, or a combination of these.

Best Public Sector Impact

A public sector organisation that demonstrates an exemplary approach to supporting the deployment of new digital infrastructure (fibre and/or wireless), for example, real progress on barrier busting – street works, wayleaves etc. – or other activities, for example, voucher aggregation or innovative funding approaches.

Outstanding contribution

An organisation or individual who has done the most to advance independent networks in the last year.

All nominations received by the midnight deadline on September 21st 2018 will be assessed by our expert panel of Judges.