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.”