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UK ISP Association Partners Openreach – Supports Broadband Ambition

Thursday, March 7th, 2019 (12:50 pm) - Score 1,024
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The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA), which is a key voice for the UK internet industry and represents 200 members (broadband ISPs etc.), has today announced an official partnership with Openreach (BT) to build on their existing membership and reflect a shared “ambition to deliver full broadband coverage nationwide.

At present the ISPA’s members already “regularly collaborate with Openreach to promote competition, innovation and self-regulation throughout the industry.” However the new agreement, which will run until 31st December 2019, will also see Openreach supporting three major ISPA events throughout the year (e.g. the ISPA Conference in May, the ISPA Awards in July and the Parliament and Internet Conference in November).

The ISPA’s General Secretary, Nick Lansman, said: “We are delighted to sign this deal with Openreach, allowing us to collaborate more closely in future-proofing the UK’s digital infrastructure. This partnership will help shape and support our active and varied 2019 work programme.

Katie Milligan, OR’s MD of Customer Commercial and Propositions, said:

“Our communication’s provider customers are at the heart of everything we do and – following Ofcom’s Digital Communications Review in 2016 – we’ve been using our greater independence as a business to forge stronger, deeper partnerships across the entire industry.

Working more closely with ISPA makes total sense for Openreach, given so many ISPA members rely on our network and share our ambition to deliver better, broader and faster communications services all over the UK. This is a really exciting time in the market with the recent explosion in investment and competition, so we’re keen to play a leading role in uniting the industry and delivering on the Government’s lofty ambitions for the UK’s digital future.”

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6 Responses
  1. Avatar A_Builder

    And this means IRL?

  2. Avatar alan

    Where is the part in the story about Openreach supporting a “full fibre ambition”?

    That title seems a little inaccurate when the news item states
    “ambition to deliver full broadband coverage nationwide.“

    Entirely different things, no?

    • You are correct, my mistake. Too many press releases with “full fibre” in has burnt my brain today.

    • Avatar alan

      No worries Mark 🙂 I doubt you will be the first to have a burnt brain when it comes to the seeing the term “full fibre” everywhere, no doubt it will soon be confusing people in advertising also.

  3. Avatar Meadmodj

    Subsidy towards ISPAUK events and opportunity for Openreach to further promote the brand as a partner rather than a member.

    Whether these ISPs are retailing Openreach enduser products or using remote fibre connectivity, or using duct/poles the more co-operation the better in my view. The shift in technology for both them and Openreach needs to be co-ordinated. I also hope there can be more mature discussion, some of these ISPs are better placed particularly in rural or difficult situations and a lot more will be achieved if we use the strengths of each. Even for those members that provide FTTP themselves they will be both competitors and customers of Openreach with many concerned with their long term future regarding OR FTTP rollouts, USO resolution and the competition looming from 5G.

    Being very optimistic it might even result in future OR products that are more suited for the varying requirements experienced by the ISPs.

    • Avatar alan

      I doubt becoming a partner has anything to do with selling fibre to anyone.
      They have sold products for years to member ISPs of the ISPA… https://www.ispa.org.uk/members/
      BT itself has been a member for years.

      I suspect becoming a full partner is more down to now they are supposedly separate from BT, they need their own foot in the door at the ISPA.

      That combined with them wanting to get rid of Huawei gear in their network and 2 other partners (Draytek and salumanus) of the ISPA… https://www.ispa.org.uk/our-partners/
      Just happen to be producers of ideal replacement gear. As for other members which are typically ISPs they would not need to really be a member to flog them broadband, they have done for years.

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