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Conference 2017

November 16, Newcastle upon Tyne

Our highly regarded annual conference heads north for 2017, to the great city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Our venue for the event is the Crown Plaza Hotel, located in the heart of the city.

We are delighted that the Minister for Digital, Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP will give the keynote speech. Matt will be joined by leading figures from the altnet sector giving updates on progress in the year since INCA published the Building Gigabit Britain report, which was followed by government commitments to action.

Delegates at the conference will get the latest info on nearly £2bn of new funding initiatives including the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, Local Full Fibre Networks, plus 5G Testbeds and Trials. We will debate projects to reduce the costs of deploying new networks, schemes to extend rural broadband coverage and new initiatives to support the altnet sector.

The agenda is being designed with plans for a pair of half-day technical and finance workshops on the 15th, followed by the full conference on November 16th. Please get in touch if you want to get involved.

INCA Conference is a great opportunity to promote your products and services to an informed audience of managers and senior officials. For information about sponsorship and other promotional opportunities please contact Gill.

15th November - Two Half Day Workshops

Our plans include two parallel half day workshops on 15th November, followed by a dinner. The workshop themes are Network Design, Build & Operations and Funding & Investment. Full details of the seminar programme are here.
We are designing these sessions to provide an opportunity for in-depth discussion of some of the key issues faced by altnets, their suppliers and funders.

We are welcoming stand-alone participants to these seminars. So even if you can't make the main conference, you can still take advantage of one of these half-day seminars on Wednesday November 15.

16th November - INCA Conference

The main Conference will run as a one day event with a series of plenary sessions, interspersed with parallel workshops and panel discussions.

Draft Programme

Please note that this programme is a draft and therefore likely to change.

09:00-10:00 Registration and Coffee
10:00-10:15 Welcome and Introduction
  • Lorne Mitchell and Malcolm Corbett, INCA
10:15-10:45 Building Gigabit Britain - One Year On
  • Dana Tobak, CEO Hyperoptic
  • Matthew Hare, CEO Gigaclear
10:45-11:15 From Superfast to Ultrafast
  • Mark Collins, Director of Strategy CityFibre
  • Evan Wienburg, CEO Truespeed
11:15-11:45 Networking & Refreshments
11:45-12:45 Workshop Session I
  Workshop 1: Managing Networks of the Future
  • Caroline Chappell (chair), Analysys Mason (invited)
  • Craig Thomas, Calix
  • Johan Hjalmarsson, NetAdmin
  • Vassilis Seferidis, Zeetta Networks
  • Ronan Kelly, Adtran
  Workshop 2: Local Full Fibre & 5G
  • Daniel Shamplin-Hall (chair), LGA
  • Justin Leese, DCMS
  • Paul Anderson, Newcastle City Council
  • Simon Wade, Emtelle (invited)
  Workshop 3: Mind The Gap - Connecting the Unconnected
  • James Saunby (Chair), Greysky Consulting
  • Barry Forde, B4RN
  • Robbie McGhee, Scottish Government R100 (invited)
  • Phil Coppin, Sterlite Technology
12:45-13:00 Digital Infrastructure - How the UK Compares to Europe & the World
  • Erzsebet Fitori, Director General FTTH Council Europe
13:00-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-14:30 Introduction & Ministerial Speech
  • Lorne Mitchell, INCA
  • Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, DCMS
14:30-15:005 Panel Session on Government Policy & Funding
  • Speaker tbc, ITS Technology Group
  • Ben King, WarwickNet
  • Charlie Scott, Amber Infrastructure Fund
  • Charles Cameron, Cameron Barney
15:00-15:15 Spectrum Policy
  • Speaker tbc, Ofcom
15:15-15:45 Networking & Refreshments
15:45-16:30 Workshops II
  Workshop 4: National Infrastructure Commission Costs & Benefits Studies
  • Speakers tbc
  Workshop 5: Regulating for Competitive Investment
  • Alex Blowers (chair), CityFibre (invited)
  • James Fredrickson, Gigaclear
  • Catherine Colloms, Openreach
  • Mike Kiely, The BitCommons (invited)
  • Huw Saunders, Ofcom (invited)
  Workshop 6: Future Wireless Networks
  • Andrew Glover (chair), Air Broadband
  • Kate Rennicks, M24Seven (invited)
  • Nigel King, Cambium
  • Alastair Davidson, WIG (invited)
16:30-16:45 Openreach
  • Mike McTighe, Openreach
16:45-17:15 Service Providers & the New Networks (panel discussion)
  • Paul Morris, Vodafone
  • Piers Daniell, FluidOne
  • Johan Hjalmarsson, Netadmin
  • Niall Halpenny, Sonalake
  • Roger Vigilance, Vonage
17:15-17:30 Key Priorities for 2018
  • Malcolm Corbett, INCA
  • David Cullen, INCA
  • Dana Tobak, Hyperoptic
  • Kate Rennicks, M24Seven
17:30-17:40 Conference Close
  • Chi Onwurah MP




Conference Fees

Standard Conference Delegate: £240 ex VAT (£288 inc. VAT)

INCA Member Delegate (Tier One and Two members only*): £192 ex. VAT (£230.40 inc. VAT)

The optional seminars on the afternoon of Nov 15 are charged at just £60 per person (plus VAT).

As ever, INCA will reserve a small number of free places at our conference on Nov 16 to enable the participation of unfunded community broadband projects who would otherwise be unable to afford to attend.

Free Conference Passes for Tier One and Tier Two Members

INCA members with a current Tier One (Gold) or Tier Two (Silver) membership are eligible for free passes. Tier One members can claim 2 free passes and Tier Two members can claim 1 free pass for the main conference on Nov 16. To claim your free passes for the conference please contact Gill Williams. It's an ideal time to upgrade your membership to Tier One or Two and take full advantage of this great conference offer.

If your organisation has been considering membership of INCA but hasn't yet made the commitment, now is the time. Join today at our Tier One or Two levels and enjoy a free conference pass or two, as well as a range of other valuable benefits. Contact Gill for the details.

*NB: The member discount options are only available to members at our Tier One (formerly Gold) and Tier Two (formerly Silver) levels. Other member organisations wishing to avail themselves of the discount rates and free pass options should contact Gill Williams to arrange an upgrade of their membership to either Tier One or Two.


Eve-of-Conference Dinner

We are organising an optional dinner on the evening of the 15th, also at the Crowne Plaza, offering a more informal setting for socialising and networking. Further information and registration for the dinner can be found here.


Conference Sponsors

The support provided by our sponsors enables INCA to keep conference fees low, broadening participation. Contact Gill Williams for details.


Photo from Wikipedia by Wilka Hudson.

November 16th, 2017 9:00 AM   to   5:00 PM

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Crowne Plaza Hotel
Hawthorn Square
Forth Street
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom
Conference fees
Standard delegate fee (£240 + VAT) £ 288.00
INCA Member fee (£192 + VAT) £ 230.40
FOC £ 0.00
Nov 15 seminar options (£60 + VAT)
Finance option £ 72.00
Technical option £ 72.00
FOC (half day) £ 0.00
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