April 2018 Newsletter

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5G Seminar- 16th May – BT Centre

New ITP Chairman- Kevin Paige

Save the date -Annual Dinner and Awards- 4th October

Recommend a friend £50 app scheme

Professional Registration Call

2018 FITCE Conference

Upcoming Insight Visits

Hello and welcome to April’s ITP update!

We’ve had a busy first quarter at ITP towers. We’re delighted to welcome a new chairman to the ITP in Kevin Paige, find out more about him and all of our other news below. If you haven’t yet booked your ticket, we’d love to see you at our next seminar on the hot topic of 5G.


Now that 5G concepts are starting to firm up, network operators are in a position to start making plans, consider the costs and assess the market potential. So what exactly is 5G? A go-faster 4G or something more? What is the architecture? What technologies are involved, how much will it cost and what are the benefits to customers and operators? This seminar will seek to address these questions and more, to help to put 5G in its true context.

Speakers confirmed so far:

Professor Andy Sutton, Principal Network Architect, BT

Presenting: 5G Network Architecture

Paul Adams, Marketing Director, Nokia

Mansoor Hanif, Director of the Converged Networks Research Lab, BT

Simon Spraggs, Service Provider CTO, Cisco

Presenting: Implementing 5G Network slicing at the transport layer


09:00 Registration

10:00 Welcome and introduction

10:05 Speakers presentations

11:05 Coffee & Demonstrations

11:35 Panel Discussion

12:30 Lunch & Demonstrations

13:30 Seminar close

There will be an opportunity to see demonstrations of the latest technology and innovation in this sector. We begin with coffee and networking, followed by presentations and a panel discussion. There will be further chances for networking over lunch. Our ITP Seminars bring together industry leading presenters with delegates from across the telecom sector.

For ITP Members to join us free of charge at the Seminar, please Log in before clicking the “Book” option. Enter the required information; you will then receive a confirmation of your free place.

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New ITP Chairman

Kevin Paige

We are delighted to welcome a new chairman to the ITP in Kevin Paige Kevin has more than 30 years’ experience in the telecoms and IT industries of building successful companies and sponsoring technology innovation. Currently the Chief Technology Officer at M24Seven, a leading connectivity and internet infrastructure provider, he has a CV that includes senior roles with Manx Telecom, eircom Group, Level 3 Communications, Cable and Wireless, Vodafone UK, Barclays Bank and British Airways. Previously, Kevin played a key role in supporting the industry adoption of Cloud based infrastructure to deliver SDN and NFV based services.

He was eircom’s Director of Mobile and Fixed Access Networks and the Director of IT and Network Operations, managing approximately 700 staff with significant budgetary responsibility for investment and operations. Among key achievements at eircom, he established Ireland’s first mobile network sharing agreement, defined and commenced execution of eircom’s fibre based broadband rollout to one million homes, and led the business transformation of eircom’s group technology function.

From 2007 to 2010 Kevin worked for Level (3) Communications (now CenturyLink) as Senior Vice President Technology Services - Europe. As part of the European board he managed a team of more than 200 staff spread across 42 European markets in more than 20 countries. During three years with the company the European business achieved industry leading growth of more than 20% YOY.

He worked as Chief Technology Officer and Chief Network Officer during a year with Bulldog

Broadband (now Cable and Wireless Access), Bulldog were the pioneers in offering broadband services via Local Loop unbundling building an extensive network across 800 BT exchange areas and prior to that spent five years with Vodafone UK. Senior roles with Vodafone included Director of Telecommunications Systems, Executive for Core Network and Transport Services, Head of Enterprise IT Network Services, and Head of IT Systems and Infrastructure Services. He began his career in telecoms in 1982 with an engineering apprenticeship at British Telecom where he worked for six years.


Have you set the world on fire with your innovative ideas over the last couple of years?

Are you a recently graduated apprentice who has made a real difference to your business?

Are you THE go to engineer within your company?

If so, we want to hear from you!

The ITP is passionate about people and their careers and we want to recognise the best of the best.

There are a number of different award categories;

This year, we are not only asking for applications from the people that know that they are great, but we know some of you perhaps aren’t as confident - so for the first year we are also allowing nominations from line managers.  You will find all the application and nomination forms on the webpage.

The Christopher Mills Award celebrates apprentices who demonstrate a great use of ICT or maths over and above what is expected.  This award comes with a £500 prize from the Mills family.  You can apply for this award as a standalone award, however all qualifying apprentice of the year applications will automatically be entered.

Applications close on 30th May 2018, the finalists will be announced in the Summer with the winners announced at our  Annual Dinner on 4th October 2018 at Radisson Blu, Portman Square.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Bag yourself a £50 Amazon Voucher!

The newly relaunched apprenticeship scheme is going from strength to strength and we are delighted to have placed over 80 applicants in apprenticeship roles.

We are actively recruiting for the next cohort, so as always, if you know anyone who may be interested in a Telecoms or IT apprenticeship, do let us know!  We are offering a £50 Amazon Voucher if you recommend someone and we successfully place them in a role.

We’re well on the way to filling our next cohort, but still have a bit of room.  If you want to discuss taking on an apprentice, call or email Charlotte today for more information.

Check out the latest vacancies on our dedicated apprenticeship website here

Professional Registration Knowledge Call- 3rd May

Thinking about gaining letters after your name?

For those of you that don’t yet have a professional registration under your belt, why not join us on our next lunchtime knowledge call to see which registration is right for you?

You can find out more about each registration here:

Reserve your place on the call now

2018 FITCE Conference

The Call for Papers has been issued for the 2018 conference. The conference’s theme is the “Delivery and Consumption of Digital Media” and it is to be held on 6-7 September 2018, MediaCityUK, Salford. The call for papers can be accessed via: where it is also available as a PDF download.


Joe, our Events and Membership Executive is always hard at work sourcing new behind the scenes locations for you to visit, take a look below to see the latest – don’t forget that if you have an idea of a visit, let us know and we will do our best to arrange it.

Adastral Park Innovation Centre- 17th May

Adastral Park is the epicentre of BT's research, technology and IT operations business. With over 3000 technologists, they are pivotal to helping BT gain maximum advantage by combining deep knowledge of networks and networked applications with proven skills in innovation, change management and IT operations.
ITP members will get an insight in many areas of security, spending time with BT's Security Technologies research team understanding what makes networks and services vulnerable to attack, and therefore how to improve network robustness for the future. Businesses and indeed most of the UK's critical functions are now totally dependent upon communications networks which are becoming attractive targets in our increasingly hostile world. 

The G Fast presentation will look at the current developments in the copper access network – driving speeds up beyond VDSL to G.Fast and beyond at the same time stretching out to deliver the USO.
Members will explore the showcase addresses sectors: Energy & Resources (Oil, Mining, Gas), Utilities, Construction, Manufacturing, Automotive and Logistics – finishing in the established retail showcase. Looking at propositions around BT Trace, Field Force Automation, Industrial Wireless, Big Data and Security as well as introducing new ideas around virtual/augmented reality, RFID, acoustic sensing, 3D scanning, Internet of Things, Robotics, Smart Vehicles and Hydrogen Fuel Cells.

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Blandford Museum – 14th June

ITP Members will be walked through a hundred plus years of signalling history, from shutter telegraphs through cable wagons, despatch riders, and World War II radios to Enigma machines and beyond. Special sections are devoted to the SAS, the conflicts in the Falklands, the Gulf, and Afghanistan. There are plenty of hands on exhibits to try, which really helps illustrate and explain how things work. A fine collection of medals is on display demonstrating the gallantry of members of the Royal Signals regiment over the years.

A fascinating museum with plenty of exhibits telling the story of signals in the British armed forces through to modern day, including the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in WWII.  After the guided tour, you will be guided around the Royal Signals Cable Systems Group where you will be shown the teaching facilities and cover the syllabus that the soldiers are being taught.

This is a unique opportunity to receive a guided tour of the museum and see behind the scenes of the cable systems group – access which has never been granted before.  As such there is a small charge to the ITP of £10 per head and we would therefore ask attendees to contribute £5.

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Bletchley Park - 17th Oct

Once Britain's’ best-kept secret, Bletchley Park is now a top heritage site.  First stop, after your ITP welcome is a visit to the ‘What’s on site’ – an interactive Cybersecurity exhibition.  You will then learn how the Codebreakers deciphered thousands of enemy messages, helping to shorten World War II by almost two years.
Of course, you will see one of the largest collections of Enigma machines and find out how the work of Alan Turing, Gordon Welchman and others gave birth to the Information Age.
And finally, you can visit the iconic huts which have been restored to their wartime settings with atmospheric displays.

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