The UK Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (UKWISPA) recently held a members’ meeting at the Motorpoint Arena Cardiff. The conference was the first to be held in Wales, and covered not only common challenges, but also innovative ideas and best practices for the industry. In attendance were representatives from Ofcom, Welsh Government, industry manufacturers and UKWISPA members, including some of our own MS Distribution team.
Most excitingly at this event, our very own Managing Director Ian Bushrod was appointed as a member of the UKWISPA board to mark his professionalism, industry knowledge and dedication to the organisation:
BDUK, Gigabit to Home connectivity and Universal Service Obligations
In addition to Ian’s appointment, the day was packed full of great content. It commenced with the usual introductions and a warm welcome to new members by Hal Ponton of UKWISPA and throughout members were invited to participate in a series of workshops. The first of these was from BDUK Schemes presented by George Taylor, from Caudata, that focused on the good and bad experiences regarding the Gigabit Voucher Scheme. Discussions that followed focused on sharing feedback and discussing each member’s challenges to integrate WISPs and BDUK teams better in the future.
An exciting new opportunity was also presented to the UKWISPA members by David Brebner of Flashstart, promising a safer Internet. Flashstart will bring simple but effective content filtering capabilities to WISPs, ISPs and other businesses. Keep your eyes peeled for more information on their cloud-based content filtering platform from us soon.
Insights from Luke O’Kelly from Silklu regarding Gigabit to Home, looked at changes surrounding the 60GHz band. Siklu’s range of EtherHaul and MultiHaul products not only function lawfully in this band, due to intuitive designs, but can fully exploit the breadth of the band as well.
Furthermore, Nigel King from UKWISPA presented a summary of recent Ofcom consultations. Nigel specifically discussed the approach to spectrum licensing and encouraging innovation, focused on gaining access to spectrum in the 3.4 – 4.2 GHz bands which would allow the potential for 100Mbps connections at 20km.
Other highlights included a talk from Jill Faure from Ofcom’s Technology Team, who discussed the Universal Service Obligation. So far, twelve WISPs have been featured in the national Connected Nations report which emphasises great progress for the industry. During the discussion, it was also highly recommended that WISP coverage is registered in Connected Nations, due to running the risk of being over-built.
Building the perfect WISP
Later in the afternoon David Burns of UKWISPA, presented a member’s workshop on creating the perfect WISP that included a thought-provoking presentation covering best practices, reliable networking and customer requirements to name just a few key areas.
To wrap up the successful UKWISPA event, David Burns concluded the talks with a summary of action points for the next UKWISPA meeting in Liverpool (13th June), which was then followed by a members’ networking session to conclude the day.
If you would like to discuss the subjects covered at the event, and summarised in this article, then please don’t hesitate to contact a member of the MS Distribution team on
+44 (0) 1295 266 277 or email [email protected].