Our Rural 5G event in Lincoln on March 26, chaired by Daniel Heery (pictured above), brought together about 30 network operators, government officials and policymakers from around the country to discuss how 5G could be delivered more effectively in rural areas across the UK. The lessons coming out of the 5G Testbeds 5GRIT and 5G Rural First grounded the audience in the current practical experience and challenges of deploying systems. They also pointed tantalisingly at the applications for rural areas promised by a 5G rural future.
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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 DCMS Rural Gigabit Connectivity programme has £200m to invest in fibre infrastructure for the public sector via a new Dynamic Purchasing System. It covers fibre infrastructure of all kinds: managed network services, connectivity, lit or dark fibre, ducts and streetworks. The procurement is to start in Q3 2019 and is currently in market engagement so there is still time for you to get involved as a supplier if you're quick.
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.
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 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.
TrueSpeed, WightFibre and Hyperoptic receive first three accreditations in INCA’s Gold Standard Quality Mark Scheme
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.
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.
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.
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.