Exa Nominated for 5 ISPA Awards

Exa Nominated for 5 ISPA Awards for 2020


Recently, ISPA (the Internet Service Providers Association) announced the finalists for the ISPA Awards 2020, and we are absolutely thrilled that Exa was shortlisted for the 16th consecutive year with five nominations.

exa networks finalists for ispa awards 2020

Over the years, we’ve won several ISPA Awards, and been nominated for many more. Last year we won the Best Partnership Award for our work with Ahead Partnership.

The Internet Service Providers Association is the voice of the UK Internet industry celebrating 25 years this year. The ISPA Awards are of the utmost importance of award ceremonies for companies like Exa, representing innovation and positive development when it comes to Internet services.

This year, we’ve been shortlisted for five ISPA Awards:

Best Business ISP

At Exa our aim is to provide a range of connectivity options that are reliable and completely flexible, to cater to the requirements of schools and businesses. Exa is the only company delivering Dark Fibre-based 10Gbps terminations in the UK. The flexibility of this service is unmatched, and we are already delivering upgrades to 40Gbps and 100Gbps for larger organisations. Also, our award winning customer support team will make sure our customers get the best service possible and have done so for over 17 years.

Best Partnership

Exa has partnered with Bradford Metropolitan District Council to help the most disadvantaged children and their parents, in helping them to Aspire and Achieve more, in particular around Digital & Life Skills.

Exa hosted and ran multiple round table events, including people from all parts of the community, to find out from schools what they, their students, and parents needed, and from Businesses, what they wanted from schools, and what they could deliver. This led to the development of SELF (Skills, Expectations, Learning & Families) and the Aspiration Bradford program, which now includes the ICE Partnership and Pathways.

Best VoIP

ExaVoice is our take on VoIP and is built to deliver complete flexibility, low costs and excellent performance. Customer satisfaction is taken very seriously at Exa, this is why we expanded our VoIP expertise from a minority to encompass the entire workforce. ExaVoice comes in four licence options, allowing more advanced features to be available for those who need them, and more basic licences for phones used for standard calls. The ExaVoice web portal also lets you quickly modify settings to accommodate any changes in circumstance such as adding phones or reducing users.

Best Hosted Provider

When developing new services, we always consult our customer base, to make sure what we are creating for them, is what they actually need. The value we offer on either dedicated or shared hosting, with very low utilisation, to keep services swift, and all on either 1 or 10Gbps connections, is outstanding. Also our in-house UK-Based fully trained (not scripted) engineers are on hand to support customers personally.

In the last twelve months we have been working on large network capacity upgrades to ensure our hosted services deliver the required data quickly, our new DDOS systems to help protect ours and our customers hosted services and the launch of our VM platform solutions.

Social Impact Award

With a range of virtual sessions from exa.foundation on Computing, Robotics and Programming, these courses are designed to help children aspire to achieve more, and to dare to dream, so they can have a prosperous future. As well as inspiring teachers to utilise technology across all subjects, this just may be the founding success of getting more children into tech related jobs.

But the exa.foundation is only the start of what we do towards our community within Exa. We were involved in the Bradford BID team from near conception, and our director, Mark Cowgill, now is Deputy Chair of the BID. We sit on Bradford Breakthrough, the WNY Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce Leadership Board, the LEP Digital Board, the LEP Skills Panel, the British Chamber of Commerce Expert Skills Panel, Aspiration Bradford, and more recently we’ve joined the board for the Centre of Excellence for Computing, Science and Environmental Technologies.

On top of that, we are chairing Bradford’s first-ever Tech Week. To help showcase the businesses, skills and opportunities open to the students of the district, and adults alike in a bid to encourage, inspire and promote a career in technology in the City.

We’re really looking forward to the awards in November, well done to all fellow finalists. Wish us luck!