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December 2, 2016

What is a leased line?

A leased line is a dedicated fibre-optic connection between your premises and the telephone exchange.

They are the most superior form of data connectivity, providing fixed bandwidth and the same speeds upstream as they do downstream.

What is a Leased Line Used For?

Businesses use leased lines to…

  • Connect to the Internet
  • Carry phone calls
  • Enable staff to connect to their work PCs from home
  • Provide connectivity to cloud or hosted services used by the business.

Leased Lines are Dedicated

By definition, leased lines are ‘dedicated‘. This means that all along the route of your leased line, the bandwidth you need has been reserved solely for your use.

Unlike consumer 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 Lines are Symmetric

This means they can upload data at the same fast speed at which they can download data. This can be useful if staff need to…

  • Access their work PC’s desktops from home
  • Send large files
  • Upload sizable files to your web sites
  • Backup data using online services
  • HHHost web sites on a server at your office
  • Use VoIP telephony

What Speeds is a leased line likely to deliver?

10Mbps and 100Mbps are the most popular connection speeds, though connections of up to 1GB are available if required. One great thing about leased lines is that you can install a 100Mbps pipe, but only pay for the bandwidth you need. For example, your business may decide to rent a 20Mbps allocation to start with. This can be increased at any time up to the full 100Mbps, should your business needs require it.

Advantages of a Dedicated Connection (compared to ADSL)

  • Scalable as your business grows
  • Future proof in a world constantly demanding more data usage
  • Faster download speeds
  • Faster upload speeds
  • Connections that don’t slow down at peak times
  • Fully managed
  • Far greater reliability- average up time is 99.9%
  • Faster fix times and SLA’s

Disadvantages of a Dedicated Connection (compared to ADSL)

  • Cost – Leased line costs have fallen significantly, but leased lines are still a LOT more expensive than ADSL connections.
  • Longer Wait – Leased lines may take about three months to install rather than two weeks.
  • Physical Installation – Installing leased lines is also more complex than installing ADSL, as ADSL can be provided over a pre-existing circuit (your phone line). A leased line will require a new circuit, and is likely to require some construction work to connect your building to the leased line provider’s network.

What Is A Leased Line Likely To Cost Me?

This depends on:

  1. The speed of connection you want
  2. Your location and
  3. The length of the contract you’re willing to sign.

Because of this there is no standardised pricing for leased lines, each quote is site specific.

As a rule of thumb, leased lines are between £200 and £700 per month. Installation and a managed router are often included free of charge.

If you are interested in obtaining a Leased Line price for your premises, we can do this for you in around 15 mins.



By fanaticCC

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