INCA members have welcomed the government's announcement that the connection voucher scheme will be extended nationwide. The plan is part of the DCMS Local Full Fibre Networks initiative. Vouchers are designed to help small businesses - and in some cases consumers - pay for the connection to a new gigabit capable service. A number of INCA member firms have used vouchers to extend full fibre and superfast wireless networks.
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In December 2017 DCMS issued a Call for Views on the 5G Network Deployment Pilots.
Through its 5G Strategy, the government aims to accelerate the deployment of 5G networks and to ensure that the UK can take early advantage of the applications those networks can enable. The Call sought views on the appropriate scale and scope of deployment pilots that will help to establish the conditions under which 5G can be deployed in a timely way and help foster the development of the UK’s 5G ecosystem.
INCA's submission can be downloaded here in full.
INCA has made a submission in response to the Call for Evidence launched in December by DCMS.
The cross-government Review, led by DCMS, will assess whether any additional policy interventions are needed to create the conditions for long term investment in world-class digital connectivity.
INCA Press Release
Date: 9th November 2017
INCA members CityFibre and Vodafone have announced a collaborative project to build 1m full fibre connections, starting in 5-10 cities in 2018 and growing to 12 cities by the end of the four year construction phase. They have in place a framework agreement to reach 5m homes passed with full fibre by 2025, 50% of the Government's national full fibre target.
We've been busy over the summer working on the redevelopment of the INCA website. The new site is responsive, which we hope will deliver a much better experience for people using smartphones and tablets. At the same time we have taken the opportunity to refocus the site's structure and content to be more closely aligned with INCA's current priorities and our future ambition.
INCA CEO Malcolm Corbett today announced that the 2017 conference would be staged at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Newcastle upon Tyne, with the main conference running as a full-day event on November 16, with seminar sessions also running on the afternoon of the 15th.
"Providing optional seminars on the day before the main event enables us to offer a taste of the quality of INCA's events programme to people that can't make it to the full conference this year." said Corbett.
Our July newsletter includes news of recent INCA events, the government's Digital Infrastructure Investment Fund, and notice of our forthcoming 2017 conference, which this year will be in Newcastle upon Tyne. Also news of an event hosted by Cambium Networks, and recent market opportunities.
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Members of the Independent Networks Co-operative Association have given the Budget a broad 'thumbs up'. INCA's chair David Cullen said, "It is very encouraging that the Chancellor has further reinforced the commitment to Full Fibre and 5G. INCA members look forward to helping develop both policy strands."