Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund Briefing - 5th July
Times: 09:00 - 11:30
Venue: 1 Horse Guards, London SW1
The Infrastructure and Projects Authority is hosting an industry briefing event to provide an important update on the Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund.
The event is aimed primarily at those businesses that develop, build, own and/ or operate digital networks and infrastructure, and who may be interested in accessing private, commercial finance now or in the future. Advisers active in this area, as well as research analysts, are also welcome to attend, subject to availability.
Registrations closed on 29th June, but for more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sector Strategy Workshop
A group of leaders from the altnets came together on 28th June in a Sector Strategy workshop, followed by dinner with senior government officials. The focus was on growth scenarios, how policy and regulation can do more to support the altnets and collaborative activities that can help the sector as a whole. Actions coming out of the event include an update to the 2016 ‘Building Gigabit Britain’ report which helped shape government policy. Please let us know if you want to get involved.
Full Fibre & 5G Seminar - 12th July, London
The Conservative manifesto reiterated commitments to the Universal Service Obligation, 'major fibre spines in over a hundred towns and cities’, connection vouchers for companies and '10m premises connected to full fibre and a clear path to national coverage over the next decade.’ For mobile and fixed wireless operators there were no additional promises beyond the 5G Strategy published in March.
On 12th July INCA will hold a Full Fibre and 5G Seminar to discuss how these policies are shaping up. Representatives of government will speak about their plans to support the Full Fibre and 5G strategy, along with Ofcom and industry players. We have a few places still available, more info and registration here.
Many thanks to ESRI & 3GIS for sponsoring the workshop.
SDN/NFV Seminar - HMS Belfast
Around 40 people escaped the sweltering heat on 21st June to join INCA’s workshop on SDN/NFV on the beautifully air conditioned HMS Belfast. It was a really useful session with speakers from Adtran, Vodafone, Colt, CityFibre, Zeetta Networks and Aria Networks. Robert Curran of Aria has kindly written up this blog post capturing many of the key points discussed.
Many thanks to Adtran for sponsoring the seminar.
Save the Date: INCA Conference 15th & 16th Nov - Newcastle
INCA’s annual conference will take place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle on 15th and 16th November. We are planning a 1/2 day technical workshop on 15th followed by the main conference on 16th. Digital Minister Matt Hancock MP has been invited to speak, joined by leading industry figures and sector specialists. INCA conference is a great event to network and promote your message to the movers and shakers of the altnet sector. Please get in touch to discuss speaking and sponsorship opportunities.
Purchasing Platform Pilot Project
We are getting good feedback from suppliers and operators to INCA’s purchasing platform pilot project. Mike Locke has joined the team with the brief of engaging with operators and suppliers keen to learn more about the the benefits and opportunities. Last month we held a successful round table involving suppliers which we are following up with one-to-one discussions. For more info, please get in touch
Cambium Partners Day - 19th July
Cambium Networks is running a Partners Day on 19th July at Twickenham Stadium. It promises to be a really educational and fun afternoon in a superb, world-famous venue!
Broadband Consultation in Wales
The Welsh Government recently launched an open consultation for broadband in Wales. Details can be found here.
If your organisation wishes to respond, please do so by the 13th July 2017 using the e-mail address supplied in the link attached above.
Open Market Review in Newcastle
Newcastle City Council is now undertaking an Open Market Review of broadband provision within their area to inform future investment decisions.
All information is available here. Please send all responses and any queries to DigitalNewcastle@newcastle.gov.uk by 14th July 2017.
INCA's team is working hard to make real change in the UK market for next generation digital infrastructure. Working together means we make a difference. If your organisation is not yet a member of INCA we really want you on board and now is the time to join. If you have any questions please contact Gill who will be happy to help.
David Cullen, Chair and Malcolm Corbett, CEO
Independent Networks Co-operative Association
Tel: 0845 456 2433