Newsletter – Issue 139

May 20, 2020 | News (Members), Newsletter


The Fibre Optic Industry Association Welcomes Two New Members

Ward and Burke Construction Ltd. – Overseas Corporate

Micron Networks Ltd. – Corporate


FIA Summer Seminar – 4th & 5th June – update

It is with regret that we formally announce that the FIA Summer Seminar will not take place this year for obvious reasons. However, we hope to publish dates for the 2021 event in coming weeks.

We had obtained a Main Sponsor for this years’ event (thank you DM Optics) and hope that interest and commitment will be maintained for 2021.


COVID-19 FAQs for IT and Data Infrastructure Companies

The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted everyone in our daily lives, our family, and our work environment.  As we communicated a few weeks ago to all members, the FIA has compiled some COVID-19 related questions, together with answers   (financial & legal) which you may find helpful to you and your business.

Full details here:


Covid-19 Protecting Your Construction Workforce

The FIA consulted with Health and Safety expert Chris Rawson of CHPK. He gave us three valuable documents for the use of our members that carry out installations:

  • Covid-19 Site Based General Risk Assessment
  • Construction Leadership Council – Site Operating Procedures V3 – Protecting Your Workforce During Coronavirus (Covid-19)
  • HM Government – Working  Safely  During COVID-19 in  Construction and other Outdoor Work

Further H&S  information, including these documents is available on the FIA website, go to:


COVID-19 – Good News Stories:

With Coronavirus (COVID-19) having such a profound impact on the way we live and work, we have all altered our working methods and practices, and engage with our customers in different ways. Below are a few stories gathered from our members, which show how we are adapting to a new reality.


GLIDE GROUP Engineer Interview

Simon Wray from Glide Group explains how his working day has been impacted. (Link to attachment)


Lynx Networks

A logistics company with a 70-aisle warehouse bigger than a two football pitches, was struggling to dispatch PPE to the NHS because the wireless network wasn’t reaching the centre of the aisles.

Although Lynx Networks hadn’t designed or installed the wireless network, they were asked to investigate the problem.  An engineer found that the network wireless controller had automatically reduced the power on each wireless access point because it figured there was ample power. The technician overrode this and, after a few more tweaks, the wireless network then covered to entire warehouse enabling rapid dispatch of PPE to hospitals.


GLIDE GROUP on Nightingale Hospital, Bristol

Providing WiFi internet connectivity for NHS workers (Link to attachment)


CNET Training

CNet Training have offered 150 places on the Fluke Networks Versiv CCTT training program to those who are out of work due to the Coronavirus outbreak, completely free of charge. We wanted to offer something back to the industry and give those who are in a difficult position the opportunity to undertake some personal development at no cost. These programs are delivered online via remote attendance to keep everyone safe! So far we’ve delivered over a 100 places but we do have some space on courses starting 26th and 28th May if any of our members would like to sign up.


CTTS  (Cable Telecommunications Training Services) – below and attachment

CTTS has been approved for End Point Assessment Organisation EPAO for modern trail blazer apprenticeships we will be able to support members with apprentices once we bounce back beyond the pandemic. (Add EPAO image attached)



Chris Conder reports: We have had lots of feedback from people working from home on B4RN connections who wouldn’t have been able to without them, as anything over half a meg is unusual in our area because we are very rural. We have posted some on our facebook page if you want to pinch them, we have permission from those who wrote them. We also have tweets from our local GP Peter Weeks who has campaigned for years for video consultations, and now he is allowed to do them, so will have more bargaining power in the future.  (Insert peterweeks.png here.)

Newsletter – Issue 143

Welcome to the April 2021 edition of the Fibreoptic Association Newsletter. As always, FIA is pleased to welcome three new members:   FIA New Members Birch Technical Services Mitech Consultants Ltd. Nene Data Network Solutions     Energy & Utility Skills...

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