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Network Trends for the Independent Network

Smart Cityscape

Over the next decade we will see a shift in telecommunications services where the Independent Network Operators (INOs) are in a key position to play a fundamental part in supporting this new service paradigm. The Government has stated its aim to achieve 100% FTTP coverage of the UK by 2033 (50% by 2025) and it is expected that many more INOs and builders will spring up to fill this gap. Existing players will expand and new players will emerge, including a growing number of local authorities looking to invest and take control of fibre assets in their region for the benefit of their citizens.

During this event we will discuss how Independent Network Operators can monetise their fibre network investment by providing the connectivity for these new services:

  • 5G – much talked about, requires significantly higher capacity and connection density from the fibre connectivity and flexible multiservice backhaul. Independent Networks can provide the fundamental building block for this connectivity.
  • Utility and Transportation Modernisation – All utilities and transportation networks need to modernise and digitise their communications network, this requires next generation IP connectivity for the mission critical mass type communications sensors and devices (IoT) that will be a fundamental building block for this modernisation.
  • Smart Cities - Ranging from smart lighting and smart buildings, to law enforcement and fully integrated transport/parking/shopping. Real time IoT connectivity is required to make this a reality.
  • Business – A new generation of business services are evolving. Based on cloud services and new connection models like SD-WAN.
  • Bandwidth Increases – broadband speeds are increasing, and with the planned ubiquitous availability of Gigabit-capable networks based on FTTP, the backhaul and core networks need to scale to support it

These new services have, and will continue to drive the need for, flexible capacity. We will also discuss how advances in networking technology allow Independent Networks to maximize the utilisation of their fibre plant and provide the flexibility to support new service types as they evolve:

  • Advances in technology have provided a two-order increase in fibre capacity since 2000, a rate quicker than Moore’s law.
  • Flexible, any to any, “cheap” connectivity for ubiquitous IP services has allowed rapid deployment of new services and applications.


Draft Agenda

09:30 : Introduction - Rob Leenderts, Chair INCA

09:40 : Opening Keynote - Glenn Peacey, Programme Director, Hampshire Superfast Broadband Programme

10:00 : 5G impact on fixed access network (rural and urban)

  • Why 5G, why FlexE, why Slice - ECI, speaker tbc
  • 5G Rural First DCMS 5G Testbed project - Connecting more than just cows! - Dave Happy, Telint

11:00 : Break

11:30 : Utility and Transportation Modernisation Model

  • Power Grids and Monitoring
  • The Road User and 5G
  • SDN/NFV - End to End Service Provision
  • Why Mapping the Cities Matters

12:30 : Lunch

13:30 : Smart Cities

  • Designing scalable and effective networks - Laurie Veitch-Clark, Flomatik
  • Automation of fibre delivery and services - Brett Wilde, NetAdmin

14:30 : Break

15:00 : Business Requirements

16:00 : Bandwidth increases / Scalable Networks

  • Scalable Networks - speaker tbc, ECI
  • Switching - Rob Leenderts, INCA

16:30 : end

please note that this is a draft agenda, and subject to change.


Pricing: £65 + VAT per person

For any queries about this INCA Member event, please contact Gill Williams.


This event is generously hosted by 

ECI Telecom


If you are interested in sponsoring this event please contact Gill.



Travel and accommodation:

If travelling by car use the postcode RG24 8LI in your satnav, and follow signs for ECI Telecom. Taxi fares from Basingstoke railway station are approx. £15 each way.

Suggested hotels if staying overnight:

Crowne Plaza: Old Common Road, Black Dam, Basingstoke RG21 3PR Phone: 01256 460460  
Holiday Inn: Grove Road, Basingstoke RG21 3EE Phone: 0871 942 9004
Apollo: Aldermaston Rd Roundabout, Basingstoke RG24 9NU Phone: 01256 796700

April 10th, 2019 10:00 AM  to  4:30 PM

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ECI Telecom
ECI House
Bilton Road
RG24 8LJ
United Kingdom
Participant fee (£65 + VAT) £ 78.00