BMTA Newsletter BMTA Newsletter - Summer 2020 | Page 4 NEWS UKWISPA MEMBERSHIP SOARS AS FIXED WIRELESS ACCESS BROADBAND ELEVATES TO MAINSTREAM The number of Fixed Wireless Access internet providers across the UK has jumped as homes and businesses create demand for faster broadband. Ofcom, the regulating body of UK communications services, has also joined the UK Wireless Internet Service Providers Association (UKWISPA), the official trade body recognised by UK authorities for the high-standard delivery of internet access services. Becoming a key stakeholder in UKWISPA, Ofcom is recognising fixed wireless as a mainstream broadband service to the public. “In light of our current climate where remote working, education and socialisation has become the norm, the public are becoming especially frustrated with the lack of improvement to the broadband landscape. Much of this remote interaction is likely to continue past the COVID-19 crisis and, as a result, more help is needed to ensure that everyone receives the adequate bandwidth to suit this new way of life,” said David Burns, Chairman of UKWISPA. “UKWISPA members have been dedicated to doing so for decades, but the role of fixed wireless is now more important than ever. The recent support from Ofcom and surge in members, together with the release of next-generation multigigabit wireless systems are all key indicators of the vital role of Fixed Wireless in addressing the urgent need for better quality internet access for everyone.” Ofcom joins the likes of Briant Communications, Voneus and GigaAir as recent new members of UKWISPA, taking the total membership to over 100. To kick start their involvement, Ofcom is consulting with UKWISPA to include Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) broadband in their formal annual Connected Nations report. This puts FWA technology alongside fixed line, fibre and mobile connectivity as the primary connection options for homes and business. There is, certainly, a pattern to this frustration, with more rural areas such as the rural north of England, Northern Ireland, much of Wales and Scotland suffering some of the slowest broadband speeds due to lack of network development. The issue is affecting both residential and corporate users and is becoming more problematic as the line between these two demographics become ever blurred in recent months. “As a regulator, Ofcom sets the rules, allocates the spectrum and sets the policies for broadband,” continued Burns. “By joining UKWISPA, a symbiosis is created where wireless operators can affordably and efficiently improve their broadband quality whilst providing Ofcom with the valuable data required to roadmap a plan for improving connectivity nationwide.” DIGICERT AND VALIMAIL PARTNER TO HELP COMPANIES DISPLAY BRAND IN EMAIL, GET BIMI-READY The Home Office has commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to compile a Shortage Occupation List focused on RQF levels 3 – 5 (medium skilled) and report back to the Government in September. DigiCert, Inc. and Valimail,the leading provider of identitybased anti-phishing solutions, today announced that they are partnering to help companies prepare for Brand Indicators for Message Identification (BIMI), a new standard currently in pilot that allows companies to display a verified logo in emails with a Verified Mark Certificate (VMC). “DigiCert is pleased to partner with Valimail to support pilots that advance the BIMI email security standard with VMCs,” said DigiCert Senior Director of Business Development Dean Coclin. “We anticipate growing demand for digital certificates displaying verified logos in email and are developing scalable solutions to help companies be ready on day one.” “BIMI is a huge step forward for email marketing, and when combined with DMARC enforcement it will help make the entire ecosystem more secure,” said Steve Mock, VP of Business Development for Valimail. “We’re very proud to be working with DigiCert to create a one-stop shop for companies to make themselves BIMI-ready.” SURREY RESEARCH PARK WELCOMES BMTA BMTA has moved to The Surrey Technology Centre at Surrey Research Park to benefit from the collaborative potential of co-location with leading scientific and technology organisations. A major centre of excellence in technology, science, health, space and engineering, Surrey Research Park is owned and operated by the University of Surrey. BMTA chose to relocate to Surrey Research Park because of the synergies with its customer base that are embedded in the scientific and technology markets and the industry clusters on the Park. A great emphasis at Surrey Research Park is the collaborative culture between tenant companies on the Park and researchers at the University of Surrey. Surrey Research Park is delighted to welcome BMTA and in the current environment it is evident that now more than ever companies are looking to utilise networks, collaborate and innovate.