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Scaling up: Creating the Gigabit Future - INCA Conference & Awards Dinner 2021

Scaling up: Creating the Gigabit Future - the 2021 INCA Conference and Awards

The last year has been unprecedented - not just in terms of the impact of the pandemic, but also because we've seen our industry shift into overdrive in pursuit of ambitious government targets for gigabit-capable deployment, and the race to capture market share. Investment flows into the altnet sector are at record levels, and we're seeing a large number of new entrants in the market.

The work that INCA has been quietly engaged in over the last decade to enable an open and competitive market is bearing fruit, and exciting times lay ahead. The next five years will likely see phenomenal levels of growth and activity across the sector as the pace of deployment accelerates further. This conference, our first face-to-face gathering since February 2020*, celebrates the achievements of the last year as our Awards Programme culminates, and looks ahead at the opportunities and challenges that lie in front of us.

What are the strategies that will succeed? Which tools and technologies will prove to be essential ingredients for successful - and rapid - deployments? What are the key factors in what has become a confusing market for conumers that will drive take-up rates? How will the wholesale market evolve? How will one-touch switching, copper switch-off, and the move to all-IP impact the industry? Are there actions that we can take collectively to tackle the need for skilled labour? What will emerge to become the key issues ahead as the Altnets scale up?


The Conference will be run over two days. The first day (Weds Nov 3) will feature a full-day programme focussing on "Tech & Ops" – the tools and technologies that we use to design, build and operate modern fibre and wireless networks. This is a very popular element of our programme judging from previous conferences. Also on the first day we'll be running at least two other sessions in parallel – one will focus on the investment community, while the second is designed to bring everyone up to date with the BDUK Project Gigabit programme.

The second day of the Conference is currently being planned, and will feature keynotes from leading voices in our industry, lively panel discussions, and breakout workshops focussing on a range of key topics.

We are particularly keen this year to welcome the many new companies building and running fibre and fixed wireless networks, to celebrate their energy and their successes in raising funding for their build plans.

You can be certain of a highly informative and valuable two days that will bring you right up to speed, give you the insights you need, and the chance to build the relatinoships you need.


INCA Awards Dinner

On the evening of the 3rd we'll be hosting our Awards Dinner. This is the glittering culmination of our Awards Programme for 2021, where we've invited members to nominate the people and organisations who have gone the extra mile. More details about our Awards Programme are here. Have you submitted your nomination yet? By the time of the Awards Dinner our eminent judges will have taken their decisions, and the excited nominees will be waiting to find out if they are going to be taking home one of the highly prized and extremely rare 'INCA Golds'. Not to be missed.


Conference pricing

Early bird pricing is live now and extends through to the end of July.

  • Conference passes are £340 + VAT per person, providing access to all conference sessions over both days.
  • Seats for the INCA Awards Dinner on the evening of November 3rd are £99 + VAT per person. (We can also offer tables for 10 people at the dinner, please contact us for details.)

Automatic discounts ranging from 5-20% are implemented against the conference pass price, to members in Tiers 1 to 3. To access member pricing for the conference, log in to your user account before registering. If you are part of an INCA member organisation and don't yet have a user account you can apply for one here (it's quick and free to set up). 

In addition, each Tier 2 member organisation is eligible for one free conference pass, and each Tier 1 member organisation has two free conference passes. Details about these passes and how to claim them, as well as other member discounts will be sent via email to all eligible contacts on our mailing list.

If your organisation is not yet an INCA member, there's never been a better time to join us. By working together the Altnets and their partners are revolutionising the UK market and going further faster. You can find more information about membership and how to apply here.


If you think you are on our mailing list as part of a member organisation, but aren't getting email from us, check your spam folder and/or whitelist email from our domain. Get in touch via with any queries.


Conference Sponsors

We are grateful to our sponsors for their generous support, without which we wouldn't be able to run events like this.



Hellermann Tyton

For information about becoming a sponsor of the INCA Conference and Awards please contact Gill Williams.



The conference plasma image is a photo by Ramón Salinero on Unsplash

November 3rd, 2021 10:00 AM  to  November 4th, 2021 5:00 PM

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The National Motocycle Museum
Coventry Road
B92 0EJ
United Kingdom
Early Bird Conference pass
Early bird rate £ 340.00 + £ 68.00 VAT
Awards Dinner
Per person £ 99.00 + £ 19.80 VAT

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