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Rural Gigabit Future Events Programme

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.

The DCMS Local Full Fibre Networks (LFFN) challenge fund has successfully inspired the development of a range of projects across the UK levering the delivery of full fibre connections to public sector buildings to extend the wider commercial availability of full fibre networks. Recent LFFN projects have demonstrated the potential for the approach to extend full fibre networks into rural areas. Following the success of the LFFN programme, DCMS is now considering options for rural areas – including full fibre, 5G and other options to bring advanced digital connectivity to rural areas.

In parallel, local authorities are developing their own plans, and suppliers are bringing new technologies and commercial models to market that promise to bring advanced digital connectivity to even the most remote rural areas.

This is a new direction, and is going to need new thinking. The INCA Rural Gigabit Future Events Programme aims to bring together DCMS, local authorities and network providers to consider the demands and opportunities of this new approach:

  • DCMS – current thinking and sharing best practice around the country
  • Local Authorities – where are the target properties and what plans are developing?
  • Network Providers – technical and commercial approaches to the new challenge.
  • Key Projects – experience from other developing projects.

The events are aimed at local authorities, network providers and communities aiming to secure a digital future for their areas. The format will be a series of brief presentations, followed by a panel session to answer questions and develop understanding of the issues.

Each event is built around a common agenda, with details reflecting the local issues, priorities and developments.

The six events in the Programme:

  1. Herefordshire & Gloucestershire : Growth Hub, Gloucester : 30.04.2019 : more...
  2. Rural Wales : Business Centre, Llandudno Junction : 02.05.2019 : more...
  3. Cambridgeshire : Shire Hall, Cambridge : 29.05.2019 : more...
  4. North West : County Hall, Preston : 10.06.2019 : more...
  5. Rural Scotland : The Tolbooth, Stirling : 11.06.2019 : more...
  6. South East : The South Downs Centre, Midhurst : 26.06.2019 : more...


INCA is also really pleased to announce that the entire series of six seminars is being sponsored by

Hellermann Tyton

For details of sponsorship opportunities, please contact Gill Williams.