Given the rapid growth of the VoIP community in the UK and the many regulatory issues involved, ITSPA’s founding members realised the urgent need for a trade association to help promote and represent the interests of the industry. The ITSPA has therefore been set up to act as the representative voice of the industry to UK Government bodies such as the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the Home Office and Ofcom, as well as to the European Commission and other European institutions. The association will also encourage the innovation and development of the Internet Telephony industry through the promotion of self-regulation and competition.
2015 ITSPA Awards Winners Announced & Latvian Presidency Net Neutrality Proposals Welcomed
19th March 2015 – The winners of the 7th annual ITSPA Awards have been announced today. The ITSPA Awards, sponsored by Magrathea, are designed to celebrate innovation and best practice within the VoIP and Unified Communications sector. The awards were presented in nine categories that represent the range and scope of the industry in Britain. The winners and finalists are listed below. At the awards, the Latvian Presidency for the Council of the European Union were awarded the ITSPA Members' Pick by a vote of the ITSPA membership. This was after it managed to produce a workable text within the European Council discussions on net neutrality within the Single Telecoms Package, currently being debated by the European political institutions. Eli Katz, chair of ITSPA, said 'We have been very active in this area over the last few years. We believe the Latvian Presidencies' Open Internet proposals strike the right balance between promoting competition whilst enabling innovation. They will put an end to abusive practices by a minority of ISPs who have tried to frustrate competition with their own services whilst at the same time allowing specialised services to be offered with enhanced levels of prioritisation. This is essential if the internet is to reach its full potential – for example by delivering TV services over broadband to free up valuable radio spectrum for mobiles.' A press release can be found here
Best Consumer VoIP: Orbtalk
Best Consumer VoIP: Vonage
Entrants to all categories had to complete a written self-assessment, which were independently reviewed by the ITSPA Awards judges. In addition, Malden Electronics conducted the technical testing for three award categories: Best Consumer VoIP; Best Business ITSP (Small Enterprise); and Best Business ITSP (Medium Enterprise). Entrants in these categories underwent two months of technical testing as well as submitting written entries. Separately, The ITSPA Members' Pick was a selected from a shortlist of suggestions from membership, who they believed had provided real value or support to the industry. This was voted on at event today by the membership. The ITSPA Champion Award was chosen by the ITSPA Council for specific work of merit.
Eli Katz, ITSPA Chairman, said, "Congratulations to all the winners and to those companies highly commended. This has been another competitive set of awards reflective of a continuing growth and diversity of our industry. The market is maturing and developing at pace, with 2015 looking to be another promising year full of exciting new services. There are a number of interesting developments coming up including the General Election, the final stages of the European Single Telecoms Package and an Ofcom review of the Digital Communications Market. We'll monitor these developments closely and will continue to ensure our voice is heard in areas of importance to the industry. There are a number of interesting work streams that ITSPA is focussing on this year and we welcome all companies who haven't yet joined to bring their expertise to the table."
Magrathea's Technical Director Linus Surguy said, "Magrathea is delighted to continue its support of the ITSPA Awards. It is great to see the continued number of entries from new and old faces, outlining how much our industry has developed over the years."
The 2015 ITSPA Awards were open to all those in the VoIP and unified communications space, including those who were not members of ITSPA. For more information on ITSPA or the awards please go to http://www.itspaawards.org.uk or www.itspa.org.uk