Following an overwhelming number of entries, we are pleased to announce that of the 16 companies that were successfully shortlisted for our inaugural INCA Awards, the following are our award winners:
- Broadway Partners for Technical Innovation
- Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council for Commercial Innovation
- KCOM for Urban Impact
- Lothian Broadband for Rural Impact
- Balquhidder Community Broadband CIC for Best Community Project
- City of London Corporation & London Law Society for Best Public Sector Project
- Hyperoptic for Outstanding Contribution
- Simon Wade, of Emtelle, for the Outstanding Individual Contribution award.
The INCA Awards have been launched to celebrate the UK’s most innovative and inspirational alternative network providers (altnets) currently operating in the UK. Eight awards will be presented in total, with multiple entries received over seven original categories during the last few weeks.
The shortlisted organisations are (in alphabetical order):
- Airband Community Internet
- Balquhidder Community Broadband CIC
- Blu Wireless Technology
- B4SH – Broadband for the Surrey Hills
- Broadway Partners
- City of London Corporation & London Law Society
- Fastershire – Herefordshire and Gloucestershire
- ITS Technology Group
- iWireless Solutions
- Lothian Broadband
- Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
An additional special award will be presented to recognise an Outstanding Individual Contribution to the altnet sector. Each winner will be selected by a panel of independent telecoms specialists and will be presented with an exclusive INCA trophy.
The Awards Categories
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 were assessed by our expert panel of Judges.