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What is SoGEA?

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Knowledge Hub Knowledge HubTM Analogue telephone lines are switching off in 2025 and this means some big changes to the UK’s telephone infrastructure. Whilst the UK is pushing out a “Fibre for All” policy, this will not be complete by the time the switch off comes in 2025 and for those who can’t get a … Read more

What broadband speed do I need?

what broadband speed do I need

Knowledge HubTM Knowledge Hub Begin Read Most of us are now completely dependent on a reliable and fast internet connection whether it is at home, work or out and about. But how do you decide what internet speed is right for you?  You would think the answer would be really straightforward, however there are lots … Read more

What is contention ratio?

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Knowledge Hub Knowledge HubTM Play Video Many things can affect the speed of your broadband connection but one that has a big impact is contention ratio. We know you must be thinking, what is it and more importantly how does it affect you? Let us explain. What is it? Contention ratio is how many other … Read more

What is bandwidth?

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Knowledge Hub Knowledge HubTM Play Video Most of us have probably heard the term bandwidth being mentioned in relation to the internet, but how many of us actually know what it means?  When comparing internet providers, understanding the terminology used will ensure you get the right product for your hard earned cash. Bandwidth and internet … Read more

FTTC vs FTTP

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Knowledge HubTM Knowledge Hub Fibre is recognised as a superfast internet connection and has been widely adopted by organisations nationwide. It is a term that is broadly used to describe many internet connections and it can be confusing knowing what true full fibre actually is.  Here we will look at two types of fibre connectivity; … Read more

Best business broadband

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Knowledge Hub Knowledge HubTM The internet has fast become an important utility, often as vital for businesses as electricity. But, as we’re sure you’re aware, with literally thousands of ISPs to choose from, who is actually the best option for your commercial internet?  As an ISP that specialises in the business sector, here at Exa … Read more

What type of internet connection should I get?

what type of internet connection should I get?

Knowledge HubTM Knowledge Hub Begin Read When you are looking for a new internet connection one of the first things you have to consider is what you want from your connection. Thinking about what you use the internet for and identifying key requirements will help determine which option is the right one for you. As … Read more

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Is DarkLight connectivity best suited to you?

Dark fibre is perfect if you are looking for a potentially limitless, ultrafast connection with complete flexibility and control.

If you fully rely on the internet, a dark fibre connection could be the best option for you.

Is Leased Line connectivity best suited to you?

Leased Lines are best suited to you if you have high bandwidth requirements and need a reliable, uncontended service.

It is ideal for you if you regularly carry out large uploads and downloads, use cloud based services and a VoIP telephone system as well as video conferencing, for everyday communication.

Is GPON connectivity best suited to you?

GPON is a great choice for you if you need gigabit speeds but don’t need them to be symmetrical. It is becoming more widely available across the UK but may not be immediately available to you yet.

Is Rural Fibre connectivity best suited to you?

If you want to make the move to full fibre, but are based in a rural area, this option is for you.

Is FTTP connectivity best suited to you?

If you have a number of users who use cloud-based applications to upload and download data on a daily basis, but don’t transfer large amounts of data, FTTP might be your best option.

Is Gfast connectivity best suited to you?

If your line cannot support a minimum of 100Mbps, this connection is not for you. Gfast must meet the speed as a minimum. 

If your line meets this need, and you’re looking for an ultrafast, consistent and reliable connection without the hassle and upheaval of construction work – this could be a good fit.

It’s worth noting that Gfast is a stop gap to FTTP, and is not a technology that is likely to be around for a long time.

Is FTTC connectivity best suited to you?

If you need more bandwidth but don’t really need a guaranteed speed, FTTC could be for you. It is widely available throughout the UK, making it suitable as a main connection. As this connection provides higher speeds than ADSL, it is also a good option for a back up to a leased line.

As with ADSL, once the PSTN is turned off in 2025/26, FTTC will become virtually obsolete and at the very least you will require FTTP to remain connected.

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Is DSL connectivity best suited to you?

DSL connections offer very limited bandwidth so it might be right for you if you typically use the internet for less data-intensive tasks. If you’re sending emails, browsing the web, downloading very small files and working with small amounts of data – you should be fine with DSL.

It is worth noting connections based on copper wire, like DSL, will be switched off in the UK by Openreach, with a phased approach due to begin at the end of 2025. If you don’t have a fibre connection at the moment, you’ll need to upgrade this as well as move to a VoIP telephone system.

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