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Network Trends for the Independent Network

Smart Cityscape

Online registration for this event is now closed. Please contact Gill Williams for further details and late bookings.

Over the next decade we will see a shift in telecommunications services where the Independent Network Operators (INOs) are in a key position to play a fundamental part in supporting this new service paradigm. The Government has stated its aim to achieve 100% FTTP coverage of the UK by 2033 (50% by 2025) and it is expected that many more INOs and builders will spring up to fill this gap. Existing players will expand and new players will emerge, including a growing number of local authorities looking to invest and take control of fibre assets in their region for the benefit of their citizens.

During this event we will discuss how Independent Network Operators can monetise their fibre network investment by providing the connectivity for these new services:

  • 5G – much talked about, requires significantly higher capacity and connection density from the fibre connectivity and flexible multiservice backhaul. Independent Networks can provide the fundamental building block for this connectivity.
  • Utility and Transportation Modernisation – All utilities and transportation networks need to modernise and digitise their communications network, this requires next generation IP connectivity for the mission critical mass type communications sensors and devices (IoT) that will be a fundamental building block for this modernisation.
  • Smart Cities - Ranging from smart lighting and smart buildings, to law enforcement and fully integrated transport/parking/shopping. Real time IoT connectivity is required to make this a reality.
  • Business – A new generation of business services are evolving. Based on cloud services and new connection models like SD-WAN.
  • Bandwidth Increases – broadband speeds are increasing, and with the planned ubiquitous availability of Gigabit-capable networks based on FTTP, the backhaul and core networks need to scale to support it

These new services have, and will continue to drive the need for, flexible capacity. We will also discuss how advances in networking technology allow Independent Networks to maximize the utilisation of their fibre plant and provide the flexibility to support new service types as they evolve:

  • Advances in technology have provided a two-order increase in fibre capacity since 2000, a rate quicker than Moore’s law.
  • Flexible, any to any, “cheap” connectivity for ubiquitous IP services has allowed rapid deployment of new services and applications.



09:30 : Registration

10:00 : Welcome and Introduction - James Saunby, INCA

10:05 : Opening Keynote: "Basingstoke & Hampshire 2050 and 5G" - Glenn Peacey, Programme Director, Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme

10:20 : 5G Innovation & Trends

  • 5G Innovation - Adrian Braine, SetSquared
  • 5G: A challenge or an opportunity - David Stokes, ECI Telecom
  • 5G Rural First - Connecting more than just cows! - Dave Happy, Telint
  • Building Cost Effective 5G Networks - Henry Nurser, BluWireless

11:20 : Break

11:35 : Planning, Designing & Mapping

  • Strategic Planning for Small Cells, 5G and IoT - Richard Stevenson, Esri UK
  • Why Mapping the Cities in 3D Matters - David Loescher, Skyline
  • Designing Scalable and Effective Networks - Laurie Veitch-Clark, Flomatik

12:20 : Lunch & Demonstrations

13:05 : Smart City Trends

  • Network Slicing for a Smart City - Vassilis Seferidis, Zeetta
  • Automation of Fibre Planning & Service Delivery - Brett Wilde, NetAdmin

13:50 : Real World Networks

  • Business Requirements - David Hough, KCOM
  • The Hampshire Community Broadband Story - Martin Slatford, Hampshire Broadband Ltd
  • Scalable Networks - Matthew Burley, ECI Telecom
  • The INCA Gold Standard and Switching Project - James Saunby, INCA

14:50 : Panel Discussion - Q&A

15:35 : Closing remarks



Pricing: £65 + VAT per person

For any queries about this INCA Member event, please contact Gill Williams.


This event is generously hosted by 

ECI Telecom



Many thanks to our event sponsors for their generous support.


Hellermann Tyton

If you are interested in sponsoring this event please contact Gill.



Travel and accommodation:

If travelling by car use the postcode RG24 8LI in your satnav, and follow signs for ECI Telecom. Taxi fares from Basingstoke railway station are approx. £15 each way.

Suggested hotels if staying overnight:

Crowne Plaza: Old Common Road, Black Dam, Basingstoke RG21 3PR Phone: 01256 460460  
Holiday Inn: Grove Road, Basingstoke RG21 3EE Phone: 0871 942 9004
Apollo: Aldermaston Rd Roundabout, Basingstoke RG24 9NU Phone: 01256 796700

April 10th, 2019 9:30 AM  to  4:00 PM

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ECI Telecom
ECI House
Bilton Road
RG24 8LJ
United Kingdom
Participant fee (£65 + VAT) £ 78.00 + £ 15.60 VAT