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INCA launches ‘The INCAs’ to honour altnet A-listers


Gongs will be presented for technical and commercial innovation, rural and urban impact and best community and public sector projects

London, UK, July 18, 2018: The Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA) today launched a search for the heroes of the UK’s digital infrastructure industry as it announced The INCAs, its inaugural awards scheme which will recognise alternative network providers (altnets).

Celebrating the best of the UK’s independent network builders and operators, the INCAs will highlight the innovative work being carried out by altnets across the UK.

“Over the past two years, the hard work of INCA members has sparked Government’s interest, placing altnets at the centre of its strategy for full fibre and 5G deployment across the UK,” said INCA CEO Malcolm Corbett. “As such, now is the perfect time to recognise the hard work which has led to this and the cutting-edge work being undertaken to build next-generation networks capable of supporting future broadband demands.”

Applications are now open to network builders, operators and other independents working hard to improve the UK’s digital infrastructure until Friday, September 7. Seven INCAs will be presented in total in the following categories: Technical Innovation, Commercial Innovation, Urban Impact, Rural Impact, Best Community Project, Best Public Sector Impact and Outstanding Contribution.

Taking place at the Amba Hotel, Marble Arch, London, on Monday, November 5, the ceremony will follow the dinner at INCA’s Annual Conference, a two-day event that will bring together hundreds of industry leaders and figures from local and national government. Government policy-makers, funders and leaders from the sector will share their insights into the latest developments across the industry.

“The INCAs will be an embodiment of the finest work altnets are carrying out, celebrated on a scale that the industry hasn’t seen before and will present an exciting opportunity for altnets and independents to show off their achievements,” said Corbett. “The Annual Conference is the perfect time to recognise these accomplishments as they highlight how far the British altnet broadband industry has come and the capabilities of the operators as we continue to deliver a fully connected country and look towards 5G and full-fibre networks.”

For more information on the awards, the seven categories and details of how to apply, please visit

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About INCA
The Independent Networks Co-operative Association (INCA), was established in 2010 as a co-operative trade association for next generation broadband services. INCA brings together the most innovative thinkers in the independent alternative network sector, creating new digital infrastructure in the UK and Ireland.

Full details about the award categories
Technical innovation
: A project/deployment using technical innovation to achieve objectives, for example, ability to reach hard places. Entries should show how technical ingenuity and innovation have enabled or helped a project, for example, a network deployment, to achieve or exceed commercial or other objectives.

Commercial Innovation: A project/deployment making effective use of collaboration between three or more organisations (contractor/client is not collaboration) – for example, public service aggregation-funded build. Entries should show how collaboration between three or more organisations has enabled or helped a project, for example a network or infrastructure deployment, to achieve or exceed shared objectives beyond what would have been achieved using conventional supplier-client contracts. Examples might include collaboration between business competitors and/or independent public sector agencies.

Urban Impact: A (mostly) urban network deployment with greatest social/economic impact. Entries should show how an infrastructure deployment in a city or major town, for example, a new network, has had a significant social or economic impact on the city or town.

Rural Impact: A (mostly) network deployment with greatest social/economic impact. Entries should show how an infrastructure deployment in a rural area or small town, for example, a new network, has had a significant social or economic impact on the area.

Best Community Project: A community project or organisation displaying maximum innovation/impact/collaboration/effectiveness. An entry can be a community-owned, social enterprise or other third-sector agency or a community, voluntary or third sector-led project. Entrants should show how they have achieved exceptional results or progress through efficacy, professionalism, innovation or collaboration, or a combination of these.

Best Public Sector Impact: A public sector organisation that demonstrates an exemplary approach to supporting the deployment of new digital infrastructure (fibre and/or wireless), for example, real progress on barrier busting – street works, wayleaves etc. – or other activities, for example, voucher aggregation or innovative funding approaches.

Outstanding contribution: An organisation or individual who has done the most to advance independent networks in the last year.

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