Newsletter - Issue 132

New members of the FIA

The FIA council would like to extend a warm welcome to our new members: –

Corporate Members:

Data85 Ltd. Blackpool

Hexatronic UK Ltd.

Associate Members:

New Channels Technology Ltd, Sheffield

Honorary Members:

Chris Conder & Barry Forde, B4RN (Broadband for the Rural North)

FIA Qualification Scheme

Congratulations to Paul Forster who passed the FIA Certified Trainer exam in May 2018!



Dates for your diary:

Summer Seminar 2019:

3rd & 4th June 2019, Whittlebury Hall, Towcester, NN12 8QH.


Tuesday 4th December 2018, The Manor House, High St, Buntingford, SG9 9AB.  The FIA council also welcomes applications from industry professionals that have commitment, time, energy and that are interested in becoming an FIA Director to help in upholding and building upon the aims and principles of the FIA in service of our members. Should you be interested, please email the Secretary here.

AIS Seminars:

The next AIS free-of-charge seminar dates are on 10th October 2018 in London & on 24th October 2018 in Leeds.

CPR clarity

Due to its close participation in the creation of standards in the UK and Europe, the FIA’s standards representative, Mike Gilmore has regularly provided its membership with the most detailed and timely advice on the technical aspects of CPR and the implications of its contractual and commercial application in the UK Telecommunications cabling market. All documentation has been available and has been updated whenever any significant change has taken place.

The FIA’s official position and updated documentation can be found here. With the exception of Mike Gilmore, if any advice has been given by persons claiming to officially speak on behalf of, or with the support of the FIA, please inform the FIA secretariat as soon as possible by either calling +44 (0)1763 273039 or by email.

FIA Summer Seminar 2018 – The reviews

The 4th and 5th June found the FIA joining with its members at the annual Summer Seminar, where a selection of presentations were delivered covering subjects as diverse as Rural broadband deployment challenges in Lancashire and Africa to the latest news in the development of high-bandwidth Multi-mode optical fibre.

FIA Summer Seminar 2018 Audience

Our generous sponsors provided their usual high-quality displays and a wealth of knowledge was available to find solutions to every problem. A formal dinner was rounded-off with an engaging after dinner speech from Dr. Siemeon Barber, an actual Rocket Scientist.

FIA Summer Seminar 2018 Dinner

For those unfortunate enough to miss the event this year, here are a few feedback comments we received: –

  • “The presentations were of really good quality and very informative“.
  • David Randall at Sumitomo: “The seminar was excellent. Probably the best one I’ve been to so far. “
  • Laurie Summers – Leader Optec Ltd: “Both Mike and Greg thoroughly enjoyed the Seminar. Definitely see you next year!”
  • “really enjoyed speaking at your seminar, it was a fantastic event full of really nice and interesting people. It was a lovely venue and very well organised. Congratulations to a great organisation, you should all be very proud and we are very happy to be a tiny part of it.” Chris Conder, B4RN
  • ” I am glad the content was well received by the audience. I was speaking with my team and they hope that we can increase installer participation to justify continued investment next year. Many thanks for the opportunity to participate.” Tom Ronan (Viavi)
  • “Many thanks for the email and enjoyed supporting the event and meeting up with all the old faces. See you all next year, BW, Jerry Mills”
  • “the audience was really welcoming and good fun to interact with (great questions!) and dinner/company very agreeable all round!” Dr. S. Barber – after dinner speaker.
  • “Thank you for your email and generous comments contained therein. I would also like to thank you and the FIA Council members for arranging the FIA Summer Event 2018 and the ongoing commitment to the industry association, which is invaluable. Best wishes.” M. M. Nurmohamed MBA, Deputy Chairman

FIA Summer Seminar 2018 Dinner

To make sure you don’t miss out on this unique event, block out 4th & 5th June 2019 in your diaries now!

The FIA Council reiterates its thanks to the following exhibitors for their support:

Main Event Sponsors


Dinner Sponsors

Table Sponsors

CBS LogoFujikura LogoITW Chemtronics LogoMills Ltd LogoEmtelle LogoFluke Networks LogoOTC LogoPPC Broadband Fiber LtdPPC Broadband Fiber LtdBicso Logo

FIA Training & Qualifications Committee

As a prelude to the FIA Summer Seminar, the Training and Qualifications Committee hosted a morning meeting to discuss current trends in training within our industry, and potential future opportunities. Representatives were present from all-but-two of the training organisations which are current FIA members, with valuable additions from invited non-FIA member training organisations.

Spirited discussions ensued regarding the future of classroom education, the balance between theoretical and practical skills development, the advance of on-line training activity, and more specifically about the present and future status of the City & Guilds 3667 qualification. The overwhelming outcome of this meeting was that there is a lot of work to do!

The TQC is now fully established, with an inaugural Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary in place. The TQC’s stated objective is to provide an inclusive environment, in which training organisations can find areas of common interest, and work together to continue to improve and enhance our industry’s training capability and quality. Specific objectives and target areas for improvement are the next areas for discussion, with guidance from the FIA board of directors to provide priority.

For further information on the work of the TQC, please contact the FIA secretary here.

Stolen Equipment Register

We have recently reinstated the Stolen Equipment register. We aim to publish the details of stolen equipment in order to assist members in recovering their equipment should the worst happen.

The register can be found here. It can also be found on the homepage.

Details required in order to report stolen equipment include the date stolen, Serial number of all items, full description and most importantly, the crime record number. There are links to allow you to report stolen equipment, and also to report that you have been offered stolen equipment.

Technical Support Guide Access

Members who wish to see or download the “members only” Technical Support Guides can do so by clicking on the link here.

FIA Accredited Installers – the official list for August 2018

The next AIS Free-of-charge seminar dates are on 10th October 2018 in London & on 24th October 2018 in Leeds.

If your organisation is interested in joining the scheme, contact the AIS Director, Frank Kler here.

  • FES LTD.
  • GCL LTD.

For full details for all of the FIA AIS Accredited Installers, click here

Ministry of Defence – would you like to become a supplier?

The British Ministry of Defence (MoD) are British Industry’s largest single customer, spending around £16Bn per year on goods and services. In order to simplify the process of tendering for MoD business, the FIA, in conjunction with the MoD supply chain group, produced a simple one page Application Form which enables a fast-track approval for FIA members, details available here.

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