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Comms Business Magazine Publishes Best UK ISP 2012 Awards Shortlist

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 (9:30 am) - Score 1,278

The annual Comms Business Awards, which will this year be held at the Lancaster London hotel on 21st June, have this week published their full shortlist of potential winners. The awards include several broadband ISP related categories, albeit with more of a business than consumer focus.

This year Daisy Wholesale, Griffin, Virtual1 and Zen Internet are all up for the Best Internet Service Provider of the Year gong.

Comms Business Awards 2012 Shortlist

Reseller Categories

Reseller of the Year (small)-for companies with a turnover of up to £2.5 million

Businewise Solutions, Communicate Better, ComputerTel, Denwa Communications, Digicom

Reseller of the year (Medium)–For companies with a turnover of £2.5 m to £7.5 m

Ardencom, Essensys Ltd, Incom Business Systems, STL Communications, TMS

Reseller of the year (Large) – For companies with a turnover of £7.5m or over

Actimax, Alternative Networks, Excell Group, Peach Telecom, Solar Communication

Overall Reseller of the year

To be selected from the winners of the above three awards

Wholesale Service provider

Entanet, Nine Group, 02 Wholesale, 0-bit Telecom, Virtual1

Mobile Virtual Network Operator

Gamma, Transatel

Internet Service Provider of the Year

Daisy Wholesale, Griffin, Virtual1, Zen Internet

Distributor of the Year

Capstan Communication, Nimans, Scan Source Europe, Westcon Convergence

Fixed Line Network of the Year

BT, Entanet, Gamma, 02 Wholesale

Mobile Network of the Year

02, Vodafone

SMB Convergence Solution (For customers with up to 250 employees)

Britannic Technologies, CCT, Green Fields Technologies, Modern Communications, Pennine Telecom

Mid – Market Convergence Solution (251-500 employees)

alwaysOn, Britannic Technologies, Charterhouse Voice & Data, Excell Group, G3 Telecommunications, RHM Telecommunications

Enterprise Convergence Solution (Over 500 employees)

Ardencom, Britannic Technologies, Cisilion, Excell Group, G3 Telecommunication

Channel Product (Hardware)

Aastra Telecom, Gigaset Communications UK Ltd, Ipcortex, Jabra, Riverbed Technology, Yealink

Channel Product (On Premise Software Application)

Liquid Voice, Seimens Enterprise Communications, Silver Peak, Union Street Technologies, Zeacom Europe

Channel Product (Professional Services)

Atrium Telecom, ILG Business, IP-Netix, Liquid Voice

Channel Product (Cloud based solution deployed)

Akixi, Nasstar, Direct Response, Telware, VanillaIP

Channel Sales Person of the Year

David Dyer of Siemens Enterprise Communications, Matt Donaldson of 0-bit Telecom, Richard Ash of STL Communications

Field Engineer of the Year

To be announced at the Gala Awards Diner

Channel Entrepreneur of the Year

Andrew Gilbert of Node 4, Tom O’Hagan of Virtual1, Tony Parish of G3 Telecommunications, Wayne Cartwright of Communicate Better

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  1. Nelson says:

    I’m trying to promtoe the idea of a utility broadband channel, separated off from the bandwidth used to deliver consumer services.The point is that,up until now, broadband has been used simply to provide Internet access, telephony and television. However broadband can be also used for a range of other purposes. Broadband is basically an always-on channel for data. It can therefore be used to, for instance, support smart metering, allow remote management of electricity use to manage peak energy demand, deliver telecare and telehealth services, and support local security services. It also could be used to provide access to local services and information; including for instance local educational resources for schools, without data needing to be sent onto the internet and back.Many of these services are becoming increasingly important to deliver key Government Policy Agendas such as Smart Metering, Renewable Energy, fuel poverty, health and social care of the aging population and so on, and have a clear and growing economic valueSome of these can be done over wireless or the normal telephone line, but the low bandwidth and, more importantly, poor quality of service, limit the capabilities of the services offered.The problem is that there are a number of barriers to broadband being utilised in this way: Many people do not have broadband so a ubiquitous service cannot be provided At the moment these services could only be delivered over the Internet, which means that QoS is more difficult to guarantee. It also adds unnecessarily to the data transport costs of Communications Providers The Communications Providers could offer this over a VPN via their existing broadband service to customers, but this would require service providers to make arrangements with each Communications Provider separately It would also challenge the Communications Providers business model in that they are paid by the end customer to provide broadband internet access, but if service providers such as Hospitals paid for dedicated bandwidth to provide a channel into people’s homes to deliver healthcare services, this would have to be taken away from the bandwidth they provide to the end userThe result Consumers are losing the benefits of valuable services Public policy objectives are more difficult to achieve Important revenue streams are being lost which could significantly contribute to the business case for upgrading the broadband infrastructure in the UK Business opportunities are being lostA PropositionThat a universal service obligation be laid on all owners of networks providing superfast broadband services to customers to provide a dedicated and firewalled channel to all homes, separate to that used to deliver conventional triple play. The channel would be funded through the providers of services over it and could potentially provide a significant income stream to the network owner.The bandwidth required is for negotiation and may depend partly on the capacity of the network, but could indicatively be 2Mbs symmetrical.It would need to be managed as an open access network and used to deliver services from a range of providers, who would pay according to a clear and transparent funding mechanism.The time is ripe for this, as the extra revenues it would provide would add to the business case for the move to superfast broadband, which, in turn would provide spare capacity to make it easy to provide an open channel to deliver these services.

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