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As well as news from INCA itself we are keen to include relevant news items from INCA members. Please send relevant items of news, ideally including a photo where relevant, to news@inca.coop. We'll publish news from members that we feel is of interest.

  • We're pleased to announce that the 2022 INCA Awards Programme has been launched, and we are are keen to receive nominations from member organisations across the seven awards categories. The INCA Awards Programme has been running since 2018, with the goal of highlighting outstanding examples of excellence in our industry, and this year is no different. 

  • More than 5.5 million homes and businesses in the UK can now connect to an independent fibre broadband network, according to new figures published today. For the first time, the total number of live connections provided by the ‘alt nets’ is above 1m. 

    Compiled for INCA by Point Topic using data provided by independent network operators across the country, this year’s ‘Metrics for the UK Independent Network Sector’ report shows that the sector has again doubled in size over the previous year.

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  • The voice of the independent network operators – the Altnets – will be heard more effectively across Westminster and Whitehall as INCA, the association that brings together the businesses building the UK’s next generation fibre communications networks, appoints a new Policy and Regulatory director.

  • INCA is working with the FTTH Council Europe to promote the FTTH Conference 2022 which is in Vienna from 23-25 May 2022. We'll be there in person, represented by Gill Williams, so if you are planning to be there, be sure to connect with Gill.

    The FTTH Conference 2022 is the world’s largest fibre summit.

    Targeting 3,500+ participants from 1,000+ companies and over 100 countries, the FTTH Conference is unique in bringing together 'C' level representatives, investors, technical and regulatory experts to discuss and debate all aspects of FTTH, 5G and other fibre related and enabled technologies and services and the benefit they bring to society. 

  • Following the arrival on the statute book in 2021 of the Telecoms Security Act, both DCMS and Ofcom have now launched consultations about the implementation of the legislation.

  • INCA is a co-operative organization and not involved with politics or geo-politics outside its remit on independent networks in the UK.

    That said, the situation in Europe must be of concern to us all, not least the rapidly unfolding humanitarian crisis. INCA has members on the continent, some much closer to the conflict than the UK.

  • By way of introducing the new chair of our Labour & Skills Special Interest Group, Emma Atkins, we chose to make a short video interview.

    Emma is the Founder of the Fibre People specialist recruitment agency and has extensive experience of the recruitment and training issues in our sector. She is also the brains behind the Women in Fibre Initiative – of which INCA is an early supporter – which seeks to promote greater diversity in the industry.

  • All AltNets are being encouraged to participate in this year's INCA/Point Topic survey assessing the development of the UK’s independent networks, ahead of what may prove to be a pivotal year for the future of the country’s digital landscape.

  • INCA has submitted a response on behalf of its members in relation to a recent Openreach consultation about planned exchange closures.

    Openreach plans to close approximately 4500 of its 5000 exchanges by 2030, and this programme could have a substantial impact on AltNets if the closure programme is not handled carefully. Our response to the consultation sets out a series of recommendations to mitigate this potential impact, not least that a much broader and open consultation process be commenced asa matter of urgency, and that Ofcom should establish and oversee the framework for this consultation.

    You can download the full response here.

  • INCA welcomes Public Accounts Committee report, but argues for greater recognition of the work of independent providers around the country

    While the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has raised valid concerns about the Governments’ plans to ensure the very hardest to reach areas are not being left behind by the larger market players, INCA has pointed out that its members continue to build new digital infrastructure in areas left behind by BT Openreach and Virgin Media.

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