A Leased line is a dedicated internet connection with a 1:1 contention ratio and a fixed-bandwidth with symmetrical speeds. Leased line broadband provides guaranteed performance and reliability compared to a standard broadband service.
What is a leased line used for?
Leased lines have a number of different uses, they can be purely internet connections or point to point links between office, however these days they are often used to deliver a number of different services into business:
Cloud computing, hosted services and applications.
VoIP & SIP phone calls.
Off site or Cloud backup solutions.
Cloud based email.
Remote worker enabling staff to connect to their work PCs from home.
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What makes Leased lines different to Broadband?
Leased Lines are a ‘dedicated’ service usually delivered over fibre. This means that all along the route of your leased line, the bandwidth you need has been reserved solely for your use giving guaranteed speeds. Unlike Broadband Internet connections, the bandwidth available does not fall at peak times, when other customers of the same ISP try to use their connections at the same time as you.
Leased Line FAQs
If your business is reliant on the internet to operate or you use Cloud computing or VoIP/SIP phones you should consider a Leased Line, this gives guaranteed speed and reliability plus guaranteed repair times (usually 4 hours) if you have a fault.
With a Leased Line you get a guaranteed speed with both the download and upload speed being the same, anything form 30Mb to 1000Mb is available, so if you choose 50Mb that’s what you will get.
No a Leased Line is a dedicated internet connection usually delivered on a direct Fibre from the Internet Service Provider into your office.
Leased Lines provide a much better connection than broadband so have a higher cost. Price is based on a number of factors including:
- How close you are to the existing Fibre infrastructure.
- How much work is involved in installing a fibre to your office.
- What speed your business requires.
Typically pricing starts at £299 per month but can rise to much more than that depending on your location and speeds required.
Leased lines are normally provided as managed services so we get alerts if the service goes down and they often include a backup so you aren’t totally without internet. All Leased lines faults have Service level agreements in place which usually is 4 hours for an engineer to be on site and fixing the problem, but as they are also more reliable and resilient you are less likely to have problems compared with broadband.
Yes you can upgrade from your existing broadband but in reality it’s a totally new service that’s installed, so its often more of a case of placing a new order and keeping the existing service running until the Leased Line is ready to use, then you can simply switch over.