Recognising innovation and achievement across the UK broadband industry, eight awards were presented at the INCA Awards Dinner, with accolades going to:
- Broadway Partners for Technical Innovation
- Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council for Commercial Innovation
- KCOM for Urban Impact
- Lothian Broadband for Rural Impact
- Balquhidder Community Broadband CIC for Best Community Project
- City of London Corporation & London Law Society for Best Public Sector Project
- Hyperoptic for Outstanding Contribution
- Simon Wade, of Emtelle, for Outstanding Individual Contribution
“We are delighted to recognise the hard work of the altnet community with these first ever INCA Awards,” said INCA CEO Malcolm Corbett. “All of the entries we received were of a very high quality and the judges had a tough time selecting the shortlist, let alone the winners, and anyone who submitted an application should feel incredibly proud of the work they have done and continue to do in building the UK’s digital infrastructure. This is especially true of the INCA Awards winners whose projects stood out to our independent judging panel due to both their innovation and scope of work.
“A special congratulations also goes to Simon Wade, of Emtelle, who received a special award for outstanding individual contribution as a result of his dedication to the UK broadband industry over a number of years.”
The winners of the awards were selected by an independent judging panel, made up of Chris Pateman, consultant; Lorne Mitchell, of Objective Designers; Ian Corden, of Plum Consulting; Itret Latif, of Federation of Communications Services; and Annalise Berendt, of Point Topic.
Wade was selected as the recipient of the Outstanding Individual Contribution Award after he was nominated by four separate organisations for his commitment and support for new fibre deployments.
“I’m delighted to receive the Outstanding Individual Contribution Award on behalf of Emtelle,” said Wade as he collected the award. “The award is special to me because I’ve worked hard for those smaller network operators who want to succeed in a crowded market and their services are vital for providing high-quality and reliable connectivity in Britain.”