2014 NextGen Digital Challenge Awards Name UK Best Broadband Networks - ISPreview UK
The NextGen Conference in Derby has today revealed the winners of their annual 2014 Digital Challenge Awards, which are designed to showcase projects from across the United Kingdom that deliver the “best in next generation digital access infrastructure innovation“. This year saw JT (Jersey Telecom) and the ITS Technology Group both scoop gongs for their broadband deployments.

Last year’s event saw broadband ISPs and network builders like MS3 pick-up the gong for Best Urban Network (as a result of their business fibre optic deployment in Hull), meanwhile the hybrid fibre optic and wireless platform deployed by Village Networks secured the award for Best Rural Network.

This year the categories were a bit different, albeit still covering roughly the same sort of fields.

NextGen Digital Challenge Awards 2014 – WINNERS

Local Authority Rural & Urban Broadband Award

WINNER JT for Full FTTH Future for Jersey
RUNNER UP Cheshire Councils for Connecting Cheshire

Connected Cities Award

WINNER Virtual 1 for Wholesale Business Connectivity
RUNNER UP ITS Technology Group for Passive Infrastructure Partnership with Hammersmith & Fulham Council
RUNNER UP CityFibre for Peterborough Gigabit City Project

Open Data Innovation Award

WINNER DVLA for ‘View Driving Record’ Project
RUNNER UP Leeds City Council for Leeds Data Mill

Education & Digital Expertise Award

WINNER Lincolnshire County Council for OnLincolnshire Technology Hubs
RUNNER UP bITjAM Ltd for Coding Education for Young People
RUNNER UP Skills@Work for Well@Work Partnership with NHS Scotland

Digital Inclusion & Advocacy Award

WINNER ITS Technology Group for Social Housing Project
RUNNER UP Tinder Foundation and NHS England for Widening Digital Participation

UPDATE 11:23am

Added all of the runners up, which curiously appears to redefine the concept of a runner-up award by announcing two runners up for several categories. Might as well just give all those shortlisted the same gong and be done with it.