Progress toward the delivery of ultrafast broadband to all parts of the UK must continue despite the current COVID-19 lockdown conditions, The Independent Networks Co-operative Association (INCA), the trade body for independent network providers said in a statement.
Announcing that its upcoming programme of events, workshops and roadshows will be moving online, INCA said that increased demands on internet providers as people work from home illustrates the need to ensure the UK has the best possible digital infrastructure.
“With lockdown conditions unlikely to be lifted completely for some time to come, people across the country are getting used to working from home and are relying more than ever on the internet for keeping in touch and to provide entertainment as they observe social distancing guidelines”, INCA’s CEO Malcolm Corbett (pictured) explained. “Network resilience has been good during the crisis but sharing best practise on the way networks are operated and managed has taken on even greater importance.”
INCA’s 2020 events programme covers four main themes; predicting and maximising the impact of 5G, spreading superfast broadband to rural areas, removing barriers to delivering gigabit digital infrastructure, and helping independent network operators seize the opportunity of full fibre and gigabit digital network deployment. The events programme, due to be held at venues across the country, has been converted into a series of webinars with reduced prices for attendance.
Corbett believes that moving its upcoming events online will better meet the current needs of the independent networks sector. “I’d like to say thank you to all our speakers and event sponsors for their continued support during this period” Corbett added.
INCA has also set up a weekly Wednesday morning webinar discussing Covid19 updates from DCMS and a helpline assist member organisations who may be seeking guidance, information, or simply a friendly voice during the current situation. Members can call on 0330 113 2070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.inca.coop/events