2016 ISPA Awards Registration

Registration has finished, testing prior to shortlisting underway.

Technical Testing will end on 25th March for VoIP entries, with broadband and hosting continuing until 8th April 2016.

The full written entry forms for all categories must be submitted by 25th March 2016.


About the AwardsThe awards and categories explained.

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The ISPAs

The ISPAs - the UK Internet industry awards - are the longest established and most respected awards in the internet industry. Since 1999, the ISPAs have been rewarding and celebrating the best in the UK internet sector. The ISPAs are run by the Internet Services Providers' Association (ISPA UK) to herald the best of the Internet industry and to celebrate innovation and best practice. In 2002 the awards were dubbed The ISPAs.

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Sponsors

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Timeline

The 2016 Awards launch in December 2015, with registration opening, with technical testing of various categories starting in February 2016. Full written entries for each category are expected around by March 2016 with the shortlists announced thereafter. The winners find out at the awards ceremony in July 2016.

The 2016 ISPA Awards CategoriesA few more words on each category to help guide those who have not entered before.

IconBest Superfast Broadband Award

For the ISP which provides the best superfast broadband service, defined as packages of 24 Mbps or above.

The award will be shortlisted using thinkbroadband's technical testing data, with the final winner decided by the ISPA judge's.

In addition to the initial entry registration you should complete the full written entry form by 25th March 2016.

IconBest Consumer Broadband Award

For the ISP which provides the best broadband service for consumers under 24mbps.

The award will be shortlisted using thinkbroadband's technical testing data, with the final winner decided by the ISPA judge's.

In addition to the initial entry registration you should complete the full written entry form by 25th March 2016.

IconBest Business Broadband Award

For the ISP which provides the best broadband service for businesses.

The award will be shortlisted using thinkbroadband's technical testing data, with the final winner decided by the ISPA judge's.

In addition to the initial entry registration you should complete the full written entry form by 25th March 2016.

IconBest Wireless Award

For the ISP which provides the fixed wireless internet connectivity.

The award will be shortlisted using thinkbroadband's technical testing data, with the final winner decided by the ISPA judge's.

In addition to the initial entry registration you should complete the full written entry form by 25th March 2016.

IconBest Shared Hosting Award

For the best provider of shared hosting services.

thinkbroadband's technical testing will determine the shortlist, with the final winner decided by the ISPA judge's.

In addition to the initial entry registration you should complete the full written entry form by 25th March 2016.

IconBest Dedicated Hosting Award

For the best provider of dedicated hosting services.

thinkbroadband's technical testing will determine the shortlist, with the final winner decided by the ISPA judge's.

In addition to the initial entry registration you should complete the full written entry form by 25th March 2016.

IconBest VoIP Award

For the ISP which provides the best network for carrying voice traffic.

Technical testing will be used in conjunction with the written entry to determine the winner.

In addition to the initial entry registration you should complete the full written entry form by 25th March 2016.

IconBest Business Customer Service Award

For the ISP which provides the most outstanding customer service to businesses.

In addition to the initial entry registration you should complete the full written entry form by 25th March 2016.

IconBest Consumer Customer Service Award

For the ISP which provides the most outstanding service for consumers.

In addition to the initial entry registration you should complete the full written entry form by 25th March 2016.

IconBest Cloud Award

For the provider that provides the best cloud product or service.

In addition to the initial entry registration you should complete the full written entry form by 25th March 2016.

IconBest CPE Hardware Award

This category is open to any vendor who manufactures customer-premises equipment located at a subscriber's premises and with the purpose of connecting to the Internet.

This award is aimed at those offering gateways and routers to small businesses and consumers. Vendors can enter in conjunction with a distributor, but must enter one specific product.

In addition to the initial entry registration you should complete the full written entry form by 25th March 2016.

IconBest Marketing Campaign Award

This category is open to providers who have engaged in marketing over the previous year.

In addition to the initial entry registration you should complete the full written entry form by 25th March 2016.

IconSecurity

For the company or individual that provides the best security solution for consumers or business

In addition to the initial entry registration you should complete the full written entry form by 25th March 2016.

IconSafety Award

For the company or individual that provides the best internet safety product, solution or initiative.

In addition to the initial entry registration you should complete the full written entry form by 25th March 2016.

IconBest Tech Law Firm

This award is for law firms with a TMT practice or a telecommunications specialism and is judged by a selection of ISPA Awards judges who will decide a shortlist and a full judging panel to determine the winner.

In addition to the initial entry registration you should complete the full written entry form by 25th March 2016.

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About Technical TestingRegistration is the first step.

Technical Testing

Not every category is technically tested to create the short list for the judges to consider, the tested categories are broadband, hosting and VoIP. For the non-tested categories shortlisting is carried out by a number of the judges ensuring that entrants are addressing the various key criteria for the award they are entering.

thinkbroadband has been a long term technical testing partner for the ISPA Awards and helps to ensure that services are judged on not just their ability to write a good entry but also whether the service delivers to a level worthy of consideration for an award.

Testing of Broadband Categories

For 2016 we are not expecting to have to deploy any special software for the broadband categories, but providers will be expected to ensure that thinkbroadband is able to identify their customers, e.g. provide details of IPv4 and IPv6 blocks that customers use.

The tester used is embedded on this page and we will email details when responding to registrations on how you can embed a copy on your own website to increase the test volume, for smaller entrants this is particularly important.

Testing of Hosting Categories

The hosting testing will be using the same system as previous years, with hosting entries required to host some files on the appropriate hosting platform. Details can be supplied when you register in the form at the top of the page.

VoIP Testing

VoIP entrants will be required to provide details of their service so that testing can be carried during the technical testing phase.

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