Gigaclear, Hyperoptic and Plusnet are among the firms aiming to scoop this year’s Best Superfast Broadband category at the 2014 Internet Service Providers’ Association Awards.
Hyperoptic could also collect gongs for the Best Consumer Fixed Broadband, Customer Choice, Best Consumer Customer Service and Best Use of Digital prizes, picking up the most nominations alongside web hosting firm Catalyst2.
ISPA has added two new categories to this year’s awards: Best Use of Digital and Best Business Use of Cloud, to ‘reflect the growth of new services and to reward the innovative firms who invest in delivering services’.
ISPA secretary general Nick Lansman said: “The new categories reflect the massive rise in cloud and digital services in the last year, and it’s great to reward those who have innovated in these areas. Best of luck to all those nominated, and I look forward to the ceremony in July.”
Also up for an ISPA Award in the Best Superfast Broadband category are Gradwell and KC, while Sky and Plusnet are vying with each other, alongside FidoNet, Hyperoptic and Keycom for Best Consumer Fixed Broadband.
Boundless, Keycom, Metronet and Wifinity are in the running for the Best Wireless award, and in the Internet Safety & Security category there are Exa Networks, the Internet Watch Foundation, Sky, Talk Straight (Schools Broadband) and TalkTalk.
Other categories in the shortlist for the 16th annual ISPA Awards include Best Business Fixed Broadband, Customer Choice, Best Shared Hosting, Best Dedicated Hosting, Best VoIP, Best Consumer Customer Service, Best Business Customer Service, and Managed Service Innovation.
The awards will be handed out on July 10, and the association is also looking for the public to nominate candidates in the 2014 Internet Hero and Villain Awards.