Newsletter - Issue 134

New members of the FIA

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

Corporate Members:

Coyle Personnel Plc. Status Network Solutions Ltd.

FIA Approved Training Provider:

We are pleased welcome Total Network Services (Europe) Ltd as the latest FIA Approved Training Provider.


Dates for your diary:

Summer Seminar 2019:

3rd & 4th June 2019, Whittlebury Hall, Towcester, NN12 8QH – more details in section below.


FIA AGM 2018

The FIA Annual General Meeting was held on 4th December 2018.  Minutes and accounts can be found here, and the Chairman’s report is here.

We are also pleased to announce the appointment of 2 new faces in the FIA. Firstly that of a new Director – Martin Smith, who is head of Network Infrastructure division at CNET Training, full bio here. Secondly, we warmly welcome Steven Brown, Head of Operations at Coyles Communications, who will be working with the Council on a project-by-project basis.

Both Martin and Steven bring with them a great deal of knowledge and experience in the various communications markets and the FIA Council looks forward to working with them both.


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.


Mike Gilmore – IEC 1906 award

Mike Gilmore has been presented with the IEC 1906 award for 2018. The award is for work within the SC 25 WG 3 projects, the ISO/IEC 11801 series and as project leader in ISO/IEC 14763 series.

Mike delivers a fundamental contribution to the group, both in terms of technical and organisational aspects. He is a highly valued technical expert and, in his position, he has major influence on the group to find consensus in critical technical questions and discussion. Additionally, he takes care of the conformance to European standards, and in doing so drives the acceptance of IEC and ISO/IEC papers worldwide.

Experts from all of the IEC’s 61 member countries are eligible to receive IEC 1906 awards, which honours IEC experts around the world whose work is fundamental to the IEC. The Award also recognises exceptional and recent achievement – a project or other specific contribution – related to the activities of the IEC and which contributes in a significant way to advancing the work of the Commission. This year a total of 171 awards are being made to experts from 19 countries. The UK received a total of 17 awards.

The FIA Council warmly congratulates Mike on this award in recognition of his outstanding dedication to the work of international standardization.


White paper and Technical Support Document updates

The FIA has recently updated and released several important documents of significance :-

  • Supporting Cables and Cable Management Systems – The change between 17th and 18th editions of BS 7671: Requirements for Electrical Installations here
  • A further clarification regarding fire performance requirements of BS 7671 and BS 6701 here
  • New optical fibre designations for 2019 here
  • Fire resistance and circuit integrity cable explanation here
  • An updated Technical Support Document on External installations, BS EN 50174-3 and UK regulations here


FIA Summer Seminar 2019 – not to be missed!

Sponsorship packages for the 2019 FIA summer seminar, to be held at Whittlebury Hall, Towcester on 3rd & 4th June 2019, are now available to reserve. Delegate tickets will shortly be available for on-line purchase via the host page here. Delegate fees shown below:

  • Members of the FIA – Seminar only £120, Seminar & Dinner £150
  • Non-Members – Seminar only £140, Seminar & Dinner £170

Prices do not include VAT.

As of 21st February 2019, confirmed presentations include:

• Andy Hudson, Chief Network Officer at Aqua Comms Ltd. – ‘Sub Sea Cables’

• Adrian Wooster, Head of Network Strategy – Gigaclear Plc – ‘FTTX – The path from copper to fibre’

• Mike Andersson, Andstrom Consulting  – ‘Building Infrastructure for Healthcare (Code of Practice sponsored by the NHS, published by the IET)’

• Martin Smith, International Lead – Network Infrastructure – CNET Training -‘CSCS/ECS changes and their impact’

• Jonathan Lewis, Technical Sales Manager – HUBER+SUHNER – ‘All-optical switching – technology and applications’

Confirmed table-top exhibition sponsors include:

  • Mills LtdMills Ltd Logo

  • GabocomGabocom

  • FujikuraFujikura Logo

Some feedback received from 2018’s event:

  • “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. “
  • “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”
  • “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

A breakdown of the possible sponsorship options are shown below, or can be found on the website here:

Main event Sponsorship

£2,000 + vat. Benefits to include:

  • Banner at the front of the Seminar Room on both days
  • Logo on slides
  • Exhibition Table-top in main Seminar room (half-day on both 3rd & 4th June)
  • Company logo on event web page
  • 5 minute slot at Seminar on Day 1 to introduce the company and provide details of the exhibits
  • 2 f.o.c delegate Seminar & Dinner places
  • Follow up Sponsors message (100 words) in the next Newsletter after the event

Dinner Sponsor

£1,500 + vat. Benefits to include:

  • Banner and /or Pop Up in the Dining Room on the evening of the Dinner
  • Gift on table for Delegates (provided by Sponsor)
  • Exhibition Table-top in main Seminar room (half-day on both 3rd & 4th June)
  • Company logo on event web page
  • 5 minute slot at Seminar on Day 1 to introduce the company and provide details of the exhibits
  • 2 f.o.c delegate Seminar & Dinner places
  • Follow up Sponsors message (50 words) in the next Newsletter after the event

Bar Sponsorship

£1,000 + vat. Benefits to include:

  • Exhibition Table-top in main Seminar room (half-day on both 3rd & 4th June)
  • Company logo on event web page
  • 5 minute slot at Seminar on Day 1 to introduce the company and provide details of the exhibits
  • 1 f.o.c delegate Seminar & Dinner place

Exhibitor Table-top Sponsor

£575 + vat for members & £800 + vat for Non-members. Benefits to include:

  • Exhibition Table-top in main Seminar room (half-day on both 3rd & 4th June)
  • Company logo on event web page
  • 5 minute slot during Seminar programme to introduce the company and provide details of the exhibits

Note: Delegate places are not included in the table-top sponsorship fees and must be additionally booked.

if you or your company is interested in a speaking at this event please contact John Marson with your proposed topic and brief summary of the presentation to John Marson, FIA Commercial Director here 

FIA Summer Seminar 2018 Dinner

To make sure you don’t miss out on this unique event, block out 3rd & 4th June 2019 in your diaries now!


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.


CSCS/ECS Changes

There have been some major changes to the ECS and CSCS card schemes over the last two years. Firstly the network cabling industry now falls under the ECS card scheme rather than CSCS. ECS is an affiliate scheme of CSCS that covers the electrical, fire and security industries as well as network cabling. ECS cards hold the same rights and work in the same way as a CSCS card. The second major change, which has effected all card schemes is that all skilled workers must hold an industry recognised qualification related to their role. Anyone holding an unskilled or CSCS card will be advised to move over to an ECS Datacomms card on expiry of their existing card. For those who don’t already hold a qualification this will mean undertaking an industry recognised training program, information on the cards available and their requirements can be found at this link:

Martin Smith


The FIA Needs You!

The Fibreoptic industry Association has been representing and supporting optical technology for over 25 years. We do, however, recognise the changes in the marketplace and in order to embrace these changes and continue to provide a first class level of service to our members we are planning a series of questionnaires and interviews.

Frank Kler will be contacting you over the next couple of months to find out just what you need from the FIA.

If you have any pressing views or opinions then please feel free to email Frank here.


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 February 2019

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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