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Shortlists for 2017 ISPA Awards announced

The 19th ISPA Awards is only two months away now and the fifteen categories had their shortlists announced on Friday 5th May and we are a bit slow is getting the list up onto our news due to the small matter of a launching a new version of the thinkbroadband site.

"The companies shortlisted at this year’s ISPA Awards play a vital role in ensuring the UK remains a world leading digital economy. The 19th ISPAs once again demonstrates the innovation and diversity of our industry and I look forward to finding out the winners at the gala awards ceremony on July 13th."

ISPA Secretary General Nick Lansman

The venue for the awards ceremony has changed for 2017 and is the Café de Paris with the process behind the awards commencing last December as companies entered, followed by technical testing that we carried for the four broadband categories and hosting, thus ensuring that for example in the superfast broadband category the service is not just a slow old service hiding behind a fancy name.


The 2017 ISPAs shortlist
Best Superfast BroadbandBest Business Broadband
ASK4 Bridge Fibre
Entanet International BT Business
Exa Networks Hyperoptic
Hyperoptic Luminet
Venus Business Communications M247
  RM Education
  Venus Business Communications
Best Rural BroadbandBest Wireless
Airband Community Internet ASK4
Gigaclear plc Luminet
Quickline Communications M12 Solutions (Wessex Internet)
South West Internet M24Seven
Wessex Internet from M12 Solutions South West Internet
Best HostBest Wholesale
catalyst2 Entanet International
Exa Networks TalkTalk Business
Heart Internet Venus Business Communications
Memset Zen Internet
Storm Internet
Best HardwareBest Tech Law Firm
Linksys Velop Browne Jacobson LLP
Sky Broadband LawBite
Preiskel & Co LLP
Best MarketingBest VoIP

Bowan Arrow - ShoreTel Partner Demand Program

Gradwell Communications

Entanet International Ltd - Target Partner Programme

iNet Telecoms

LivingCom - The Rental Requirements of Millennial Movers white paper

Plusnet Telappliant

StudentCom - Generation Z


Talk Straight Ltd (Schools Broadband) - Discovery Kids

Executive of the YearBest Cloud
Dana Tobak, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Hyperoptic catalyst2
Furqan Alamgir, Founder & CEO, Connexin Exa Networks
Lee Perkins, CEO, M24Seven Memset
Matthew Hare, Chief Executive and Founder, Gigaclear Storm Internet
Steve Hodges, Managing Director, Astro Communications Talk Straight
Suzie Hargreaves OBE, Chief Executive, Internet Watch Foundation VIA
Best Consumer Customer ServiceBest Business Customer Service
CableCom Networking catalyst2
Hyperoptic Entanet International
MacAce Luminet
Plusnet Storm Internet
Sky Talk Straight
Wessex Internet from M12 Solutions Telappliant
Wifinity Limited
Best Security
Exa Networks
Storm Internet
Talk Straight


Another year and another bizarre list of ISPA awards.

Every year I see new names on the Best Superfast Broadband category list. I've usually never heard of them, most have zero consumer broadband provision and some are strictly business/leased circuit.

  • AndyCZ
  • about 1 year ago

Remember the shortlist is based on testing results (implying these are the fastest/best of those that entered the awards) before the judges get to review their entries and choose a winner.

  • boggits
  • about 1 year ago

The Best Superfast Broadband is neutral with regards to consumer or business.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

I just find it a strange set of ISPs that pop up each time.

You have Exa Networks which sells FTTC priced at £3,650 per year (ex VAT) for the "up to 76Mbps" package. One of the ISPA judging criteria is 'Price and value for money' which surely must question why Exa Networks is a finalist.

  • AndyCZ
  • about 1 year ago

And the list of business providers don't include many of the main business ISPs so equally bizarre that way...

  • cmrayer
  • about 1 year ago

Erm, doesn't (but there is no edit post feature in this new shiny website skin...) ;-)

  • cmrayer
  • about 1 year ago

Shortlists by their nature are short, and have been shortened from much longer lists in the case of the broadband categories by the testing.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

Sky, BT & TalkTalk

says all I need to know about these awards

  • brucie245
  • about 1 year ago

@brucie245 So this raises an interesting point should some providers be barred from entering into any category?

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

Is B4RN excluded for some reason?

  • B4RN_Volunteer
  • about 1 year ago

Any ISPA member can enter, registration into the various categories opened on January 4th with initial registration closing on 27th Jan to give time for the two months of testing in various categories.

  • andrew
  • thinkbroadband staff
  • about 1 year ago

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