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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.

INCA Rural Gigiabit Future events programme

Alongside our series of events looking at the Rural Gigabit Future there are clear business opportunities for INCA members:

 If you’re able to offer fibre intrastructure point-to-point for the public sector within the LFFN programe, you should be aware of the latest opportunity published by the Crown Commercial Service in co-ordination with DCMS.

The pre-market engagement started this month leading to an OJEU notice and framework award later in the year. To take advantage of this and be able to bid services into this £100 million procurement, you should take quick action.

INCA welcomes UK’s first ever appearance into European fibre broadband rankings, crediting altnets for their “significant contribution”

2019 FTTH/B Panorama recognition elevates UK broadband infrastructure to international status

INCA today praised alternative network operators for their significant contribution to the UK’s broadband infrastructure following the country’s inclusion in the FTTH Council Europe’s annual FTTH/B Panorama for the first time.

FTTH/B European Ranking Sept 2018

Rural Gigabit Future Events Programme

INCA has been working with partners across local & national government and the private sector to put together a programme of six workshop events around the country to develop thinking around projects designed to bring full fibre connectivity to the hardest to reach locations.

INCA Golds will recognise the best technical and commercial innovations, rural and urban impact and best community and public sector projects at annual ceremony

INCA Gold Awards 2019INCA today opened our call for entries into this year’s INCA Golds, the annual awards which shine a spotlight on the UK’s leading independent network providers and highlight the most innovative digital infrastructure developments.

INCA Gold Standard branding

INCA today announced that TrueSpeed, WightFibre and Hyperoptic have become the first companies to gain Gold Standard Quality Mark accreditation in recognition of superior network quality. 

Launched last November, INCA’s Gold Standard Quality Mark scheme highlights best practices in performance, design and operations across full fibre, hybrid fibre, wireless and wholesale networks, providing an agreed set of definitions, covering technology, performance and customer service. 

TrueSpeed, WightFibre and Hyperoptic have now become the first companies to fulfil the stringent requirements set out by the INCA initiative with all three network operators receiving accreditation in the full fibre category.  

Over 1 million premises within reach of an ultrafast alternative broadband network

The alternative network providers enter 2019 with great ambitions. The latest stats from Point Topic show that the altnets now reach well over 1m premises with full fibre connections and up to 2m mainly rural premises are in reach of a wireless broadband network. The key companies in the sector are all predicting significant growth over the next two years supported by more than £3bn of investment announced in 2018.

INCA Point Topic Infographic

Many thanks to all who helped make INCA’s Annual Conference in November such a great success. We had 250 registered participants, a topical agenda, excellent speakers, very supportive sponsors and great feedback from the event.

The Award Winners

Recognising innovation and achievement across the UK broadband industry, eight awards were presented at the INCA Awards Dinner, with accolades going to:

INCA welcomes Chancellor Philip Hammond’s additional funding of £250 million and pledges to use it to connect some of the most remote parts of the country to super-fast fibre broadband.

During the budget announcement, Hammond stated that he intends to place a renewed emphasis on UK-wide technology investments with funds being allocated to develop next-generation broadband networks in rural schools, libraries and homes and businesses.

INCA CEO Malcolm Corbett said the extra funding comes at what is a critical time for the UK’s digital infrastructure and it will ensure alternative network providers (altnets) can continue to make an impact by encouraging the deployment of new networks.

Government have published the second tranche of No Deal Brexit Technical Papers, intended to outline the sector specific impacts of a no deal Brexit in a number of areas. These have been reasonably low on detail and in the most relevant areas to INCA members say little that has not already been discussed.

Please find a brief summary of the papers on telecoms, mobile roaming and data protection below.

The collection of papers (which range from Driving licences to the handling of civil legal cases) can be found here.

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