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Wednesday, June 30th, 2021 (12:01 am) - Score 1,608
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The UK Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) has today revealed the shortlist of finalists for this year’s 23rd annual industry awards, which sees a number of broadband ISPs receiving nominations across several categories (e.g. Exa Networks scored five nominations, while Hyperoptic and Glide both received four nominations each.

The winners of last year’s 2020 awards were unveiled online back in November 2020 (here), which among other categories saw CommunityFibre scoop the win for “Best Consumer ISP“, while Jurassic Fibre secured “Best New ISP” and Gigaclear won “Best Rural ISP.”

By comparison, this year’s winners will, hopefully, be announced on 4th November 2021 at a gala awards ceremony in central London, which is due to take place at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane hotel. But we should point out that this could change, as it remains subject to government guidance on large events.

This year’s event will also add a new category – “Best Ultrafast ISP,” which will be open to provider’s whose customer base include a “majority of ultrafast speeds and products to show real world testing average over 100 Mbps.”

ISPA’s Secretary General, Nick Lansman, said:

“This year’s shortlisted ISPA Awards finalists demonstrate the high calibre and diversity of ISPs across the UK, who continue to drive growth and innovation across the internet industry. In a year where we have been in and out of lockdowns, ISPs stepped up their efforts to provide vital services and technological advances to keep the UK’s digital economy pumping, driving innovation and the rollout and delivery of key infrastructure. We are all looking forward to an exciting evening which celebrates the best that the UK industry has to offer.”

We note that the list below makes no mention of the “Internet Hero” category, but we understand that the shortlist for that will be unveiled closer to the ceremony, and once again they will be crowdsourcing suggestions from the public in the coming months.

2021 ISPAs Award Shortlist

Best Rural ISP
B4RN
Cerberus Networks
County Broadband
Trooli
Truespeed

Best Consumer ISP
CommunityFibre
Glide
Hyperoptic
Jurassic Fibre
Wifinity
Zzoomm

Best Business ISP
Ceberus Networks
Glide
Hyperoptic
Jurassic Fibre
RM Education

Best Ultrafast ISP
Cerberus Networks
Community Fibre
Swish Fibre
Trooli
Truespeed

Best VoIP
Dial 9 Communications
Enreach UK
SureVoIP
Voipfone
WebMate

Best Infrastructure Provider
CityFibre
Full Fibre Limited
Glide
ITS Technology Group
KCOM

Best Cyber Security
Exa Networks
Plume
RM Education
TalkStraight
Telappliant

Best Customer Service
catalyst2
Exa Networks
Glide
Hyperoptic
RM Education
Sky (Sky Broadband)

Best Hosted Service
catalyst2
Exa Networks
Krystal Hosting
Storm Internet
WebMate

Social Impact Award
CommunityFibre – Free fibre broadband connectivity to isolated households in London

Exa Networks – Exa Foundation to help teachers and students of all ages

Full Fibre – Developing a full fibre network for areas forgotten by previous developments

Hyperoptic – The Hyperoptic Digital Connectivity Social Value Calculator

KCOM – Supporting their local communities with a range of initiatives during pandemic

Talk Straight – Innovative networking solution on Otley’s Garnett Wharfe estate

Best Partnership
Exa Networks – for Bradford Champions Group / Bradford Community Champions

Glide – and Ruckus Network technologies for revolutionising smart connectivity in the UK

Jurassic Fibre – and Burrington Estates providing full fibre connectivity to unique Winslade Park redevelopment

Netgem – for Community Fibre branded TV services powered by Netgem

Plume – for WightFibre’s Whole Home Wi-Fi, Powered by Plume HomePass

Best Customer Solution
Antheus Telecom – Antheus Artificial Intelligence Integration system for contact centres

BDR Group – Medway Community Healthcare projects

Netgem – TV and Wholehome WiFi all in one

Swish Fibre – Connecting schools to their network extension, free of charge

Talk Straight – A unique web filtering solution for vulnerable children providing appropriate online safety

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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  1. RN says:

    All the above ISP’s should win special awards of recognition for having to deal with Openreach.

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