Category: IT Sector

Slow Broadband

British broadband is confusing and speeds are crap, says survey

Four out of five Britons has encountered broadband molasses in the previous year and a large portion of us are likewise “tricked” by the terms that telcos use to hawk their products at us, as per a review.

Only one of every five, in the interim, would change provider to escape from poop web speeds, says review purveyor uSwitch, a value comparison site.

The greater part of us (54 for each penny) have encountered site pages that crash, while 66% of the 2,004 “broadly illustrative UK grown-ups” who reacted to the overview groaned that their web connection, er, disconnects.

While uSwitch discloses to us that superfast broadband “essentially diminishes speed and unwavering quality issues contrasted with standard bundles”, simply finished portion of review respondents trusted it was accessible in their general vicinity.

Ewan Taylor-Gibson, execution advertising lead at uSwitch, gave the required canned quote: “basically, most purchasers aren’t pestered by the specialized meanings of their broadband association, they simply need – and merit – a solid administration that conveys esteem. In any case, customer speed dissatisfactions combined with an absence of mindfulness around superfast accessibility indicates all the more should be done to impart what’s accessible to singular properties genuinely.”

It isn’t just shoppers who are confounded about what “superfast” implies, in the specialized sense. Concede “Michael Green” Shapps MP told the world in a report issued toward the finish of July that superfast implies 10Mbps velocities. Truth be told, the administration characterizes superfast as 24Mbps.

In the interim, even Londoners get poor superfast broadband availability in spite of paying strong wholes for the scandalously promoted “up to” bundles. The administration claims 90% for each penny of British family units can get a superfast broadband administration.

Source: the Register

Open for Business in Manchester

This evening (Friday 18th August 2018) Exascale introduced IXManchester (Manchester Internet Exchange) into it’s network. Joining three other Internet Exchanges (in London) to our growing network known as AS61049. To learn more about our rapidly expanding 10 Gigabit UK network visit

Further to Exascale’s network expansion into Manchester, it’s offering Leased Lines, Managed Hosting, Dedicated Servers and Cloud Services from its network point of presence located near Trafford Park.

Internet Speed Test

How To Maintain Or Increase Your Internet Speed

Things move fast in the world of business – and if your internet is lagging, you could end up missing out on a big client or an important sale. If your internet isn’t performing as it should be, check out these top tips to increase your speed.

Run a speed test

You can’t measure anything unless you have a definite starting point, so the first step is to run a speed test. There are plenty of sites that offer these tests in seconds – we’d advise carrying out the test on a number of different sites so you can ensure the results are reliable and accurate. Compare the results to the speed your ISP claimed you’d receive.

Restart your router

Another simple tip is to reset your router. This can clean-up old data and revise the configuration from your ISP. Your router might also need to download updates from your ISP, which it’ll do automatically when you reset it.

Could there be interference?

If you’re using a wireless router, certain devices can have an impact on the signal your devices receive. If your router is located close to the office kitchen, where the microwave is located, it could be disrupting any transmissions to or from your router. Mobile phones are also a culprit – consider installing a VoIP solution, so that employees don’t have to rely on mobiles to make work-related calls.

Is someone using too much bandwidth?

Perhaps there’s a computer or device on your network that’s using a lot of bandwidth. It could be from a streaming video or a large file download. Whatever it is, it can impact the speeds for other users on the network.

Make sure your network is protected

Malware, viruses and adware can infect an entire network once they infect one device. Make sure your entire system is protected with comprehensive security tools. You should also schedule scans to run regularly, to ensure that any threats or potentially dangerous files are quarantined and dealt with.

Change internet providers or package

Perhaps it’s time to consider changing your internet provider. Here at Exascale, we offer a range of business broadband packages up to £35.00 per month for our premium offer. This particular packages comes with unlimited usage, up to 80Mbit/s download and up to 20Mbit/s upload speeds – perfect for SMEs that don’t want to miss out because of slow internet.

For more information about Exascale’s business broadband options, browse the site or contact the team today:

How will brexit effect IT

How Will Brexit Affect the IT Sector?

With an international focus, the technology sector is undeniably going to be affected by the recent triggering of Article 50 – let alone the exit of the UK from the EU. But how exactly will this historic referendum affect the IT sector?

Investment may be affected

Start-ups rely on investment. But in a world that depends on on technology to function, any decline in investment could be detrimental. Post referendum, some experts are worried that investors would shift their attention outside of the UK, resulting in UK-based businesses struggling. However if statistics are anything to go by thus far, these worries could be unfounded.

According to GP Bullhound, in 2016 tech deals hit a record high with investment rounds and takeovers rising by 40 percent, while research from London and Partners showed that more than £6.7 billion was invested in UK tech companies.

There could be a talent shortage

The UK tech industry, much like the world tech industry, relies on talent from the EU and the rest of the world. With TechUK suggesting that around one in six new tech sector hires between 2009 and 2015 were from EU countries, coming out of the EU could affect this. Discouraging talent from the EU due to having to apply for visas and working sponsorships, the UK it sector could suffer and fall behind.

Large companies could be deterred from Britain

Although the UK relies on UK-owned businesses, we also need global companies to employ people here and drive forward our IT investment. Brexit could shift the focus away from the UK by making it seem a less profitable and unsteady choice – resulting in them looking at alternatives. However this worry has seemingly been dismissed with the announcement that Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon have all announced major investments in the UK.

Regulatory barriers could hamper work

This one all depends on how the negotiations go between the UK government and the EU. As the EU has been working on an initiative called the ‘Digital Single Market’ which allows the free movement of people and capital in the tech sphere, the UK could lose access to this. Hindering the ability of UK tech companies to work effortlessly across Europe, the UK could find itself out of the loop. It’s also imperative that the government ensures that data protection regulations in the UK match those in the EU to ensure the flow of information from country to country.

All in all, the UK seems to be holding steady when it comes to the IT and tech sectors. We have good relationships with countries, such as America, so that should keep us on an even keel for the foreseeable future. The only thing that could change all this is if the government doesn’t get a fair deal in the trade negotiations and ignore regulations, which could be damaging to the industry.

How do you think Brexit will affect the IT sector?