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PSTN retirement next steps from Openreach

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News Exa News Openreach is trialling methods to encourage customers to upgrade to full fibre before the PSTN switch off in 2025. Openreach is planning trials in Salisbury, Wiltshire and Mildenhall, Suffolk, which will introduce restrictions that prevent out-bound telephone calls (with the exception of calls to the emergency services) and limit broadband speeds. This … Read more

School DfE cyber security requirements updated

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News Exa News The Department for Education’s Digital and Technology standards have been updated to include advice on cyber security. Cyber Security Risks for Schools More schools are facing cyber security threats – In 2022, 70% of secondary schools, and 41% of primary schools in the UK reported cyber attacks, compared to 58% and 38% … Read more

Exa win at ISPA Awards 2022

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News Exa News The ISPA Awards 2022 were presented last night, 24th November – Here’s how we did Each year, the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) recognises the hard work that goes into providing the UK with fast, reliable internet services. Categories include: Best Rural ISP, Best Consumer ISP, Best Business ISP, and more. The … Read more

LCR Connect: Future-proofing the internet for schools

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News Exa News With more resources online than ever before, schools need fast, reliable and secure full-fibre connectivity – but some schools are being left behind. LCR Connect will supply schools with full-fibre internet, capable of reaching speeds over 1Gb. Over the past two years, we’ve all relied on our internet more than ever before. … Read more

DfE & KCSiE updates 2022

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News Exa News Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) statutory guidance has been updated and the new requirements come into effect from today, September 1, 2022. As new dangers are discovered, the rules on safeguarding have to adapt to meet them. This year, the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) guidelines have been updated. The … Read more

Exa shortlisted for five ISPA Awards

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News Exa News Exa Networks has been shortlisted for five awards at the 2021 ISPAs. Exa is one of the UK’s leading internet service providers, delivering bespoke solutions to schools and businesses nationwide. The Bradford-based business is a finalist for Best Cyber Security, Best Partnership, Best Hosted Service, Social Impact and Best Customer Service.  Last … 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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