Covid-19 Home Working

We are all now realising that a good internet connection is paramount, not only to connect with the rest of the world but to do business reliably. Small local firms but with global interconnectedness makes sense, especially in a pandemic. To be travelling less, saving resources, polluting less, having more time to enjoy your food. These truths won’t go away when we emerge from lockdown.

I am so lucky to have a fibre cabinet installed in my block!



My thoughts are that with home working the editing will expand. I have had super fast broadband installed with a view to doing more colour grading.

Hyperoptic are now offering amazing speeds for very little money. The 150mb/s up and down would have been unaffordable in the not too distant past. Now it costs only £30 per month with upgrades to 500 and 1Gig!


So apart from being able to offer remote editing we can also upload large files for you. If you have a hard drive that needs picking up locally and the files transferring to a hard to reach place pronto then give us a ring. We are partnering with Xen couriers who will pick up the drive.

If you have files on the drive that are sensitive just encrypt the files before you hand them over. Here are some encryption products in a review by PC world,

By encrypting them before you allow the data offsite you meet your GDPR and  data security obligations.

We use an encrypted optimised delivery chain, through the web from us to your client so it will speed it’s way securely around the world. So why not give it a try?

Bear in mind that if you have gigabytes of data we can upload it quickly but it does need a fast connection at your clients end for them to get it.

There is no point saving 3 days sending a hard drive if it will take them 3 days to download it. But most connections can get pretty fast download, it’s the upload that is often poor.

We did some rough calculations, it would take to upload 1GB, 100GB, and 1000GB (or 1TB) of data.

1 GB** 100 GB** 1000 GB**
1Mbps 2.22 hrs 9.5 days 95 days
2Mbps 1.11 hrs 5 days 50 days
5Mbps 27 min 2 days 20 days
10Mbps 13.5 min 1 day 10 days
150Mbps 1 min 1.6 hrs 16 Hours
1000Mbps 8.5 sec 15 min 2.5 hrs


0 – 100GB** 100 – 1000GB** 1000+GB**
Fee £1/GB 50p/GB 35p/GB

Minimum fee is £30 and so includes the first 30 GB.

Example:  if you need 50 gigs of data in Australia it could take you 5 to 7 days to get it there and cost you about £20 plus time to go to a post office and you probably won’t see that expensive hard drive again. A faster service would probably be £70 for 3 or 4 days but you also run the risk of customs impound, theft, virus delays…

Pickup and return of your drive and transfer of 50GB of data could be as low as £70* and ready for download with your client in 2 or 3 hours. Plus you can get your hard drive back.

Send us an email now or contact Mike at XEN 0161 272 7576.

*Dependent upon the distance and availability.

** GB is 1 gigabyte or 1000 megabytes.