Broadband or leased line for your business?
We aren’t like the typical Internet Service Provider where we try and sell you those expensive lines to make our pockets fuller. We want our customers to get the best out of their connection, whether that’s full fibre broadband or leased line that’s dedicated for your property.
Now, we can all admit that a dedicated leased line sounds shinier, faster and better – and I bet you want that right now because it’s the best possible line, ever. Full stop. But we want to give you the all the facts first before you take the plunge to a leased line or full fibre broadband.
So, what exactly is Full Fibre Broadband and a Fibre Leased Line?
It is likely that you understand the concept of fibre optic broadband connectivity and how it works but you may not be aware of some of the differences and advantages each service may have to offer to your business.
Full Fibre Broadband provides high speed internet connectivity between two locations. This type of connection exists between the service provider (us) and your business.
Fibre Leased Line is very similar to full fibre broadband but a leased line is a network connection that you rent from the internet service provider (us). The service connects two locations – just like a full fibre broadband connection but it is a dedicated line set up to serve only your company and not other users. Basically you don’t have to share your toys with the other kids in the playground.
Are you looking at full fibre broadband or leased line?
There is a difference in cost, as you can imagine
A full fibre broadband connection is usually offered at a fixed cost and the cost of a leased line is dependent on where your business is. The costs are worked out by the distance between the service provider and your business. So, if someone in Scotland wanted a leased line with us…it’s going to cost a lot more than if a business in Cardiff wanted a leased line with us. It’s not impossible, just expensive.
Availability and performance is also a little different
If you go for a full fibre connection you have to share, which means you also have to share the bandwidth which can result in a decrease in performance. It’ll still be really fast, so don’t imagine that if you went for a full fibre connection and had to share with a few others that you’ll constantly see the doughnut of despair every time you open a new page, it just may take a couple more seconds than if you had a leased line. However, if your business can’t handle waiting a couple of seconds and like Veruca Salt you want it now, then a leased line is your best bet.
Your download and upload speed will also be a little different
Full Fibre broadband offers asymmetirc performance. What does this mean I hear you shouting at your screen? Well, that simply means the download capacity is larger and the upload capacity is smaller. In comparison, a leased line service offers symmetrical performance where both the download and upload speeds are equal, so you get the best of both worlds with a leased line but you are still winning with a full fibre connection.
Let’s take a deeper look at a leased line
We’ve dealt with a lot of businesses that opt for a leased line service, mainly because it provides high performance at a lower cost. Leased Lines also offer a connection that can be customised to ensure consistent bandwidth and improved uptime, instead of going for a one-size-fits-all deal.
Unlike a full fibre connection, a Leased Line does not have any competition for bandwidth snice it is a private connection. This provides your business with guaranteed bandwidth backed by a SLA, and since a Leased Line service provides a private connection (did I mention it’s a private connection), it is commonly called a point to point connection. This type of service provides your internet connection, offers better reliability and provides better quality of service. So when you Skype your business partners half way across the world you won’t be a blurry pixel on the screen.
The best thing about a leased line is when we say we you’ll get a certain download and upload speed you will always get those speeds, it’ll never go up or down. With a Leased Line you will constantly be working ultrafast. With a Leased Line you can also adjust the download and upload speeds as necessary to meet specific business requirements, meaning you only pay for the bandwidth you use. Another winning point for a Leased Line.
Hold your horses cowboy.
Before you decide on full fibre broadband or leased line service there are a few things to consider…
Firstly, how many users do you have?
If you’re business has more than 20 end users that access bandwidth intensive applications e.g. Office 365, then a Leased Line may be your best option to ensure reliability and productivity is kept high. Also, if your business connects with a different site, a Leased Line will provide you with the performance you need to conduct daily business operations.
What are your bandwidth requirements?
Before you consider an upgrade, it is necessary to assess the applications you use on a daily basis. Then categorise the applications in terms of bandwidth intensity, number of simultaneous users at peak times, types of applications being accessed such as VoIP, hosted CRM (Customer Relationship Management), amount of service traffic, email access, and more.
Once you have a handle on bandwidth requirements, a Leased Line service provider can tailor the bandwidth to meet your business needs. Additionally, you must take into consideration how critical a reliable high speed connection is to your business and discuss this with your service provider.
But why pay more for a Leased Line if it’s slower?
Many business owners question the difference in cost between a fibre broadband service and a Leased Line service. In most cases, you will see lower price points for fibre broadband service with a higher performance speed. In comparison, Leased Lines have a higher price point with slower speeds.
Here’s the facts.
It is important to remember you are not comparing the two services as Full Fibre Broadband and Leased Lines are not equal. Full Fibre Broadband service providers usually show the maximum speed that is possible to achieve, but not always what you can get because you share the connection with other users. It’s like being on a bicycle, when it’s just you, you are going a lot faster than if you were on a tandem with other people. With a Leased Line, you are always guaranteed to reach the speeds your service provider as told you, if they promise you 1Gbps, then that’s exactly what you’ll get 24/7.
Fibre Broadband has its advantages.
It goes without saying that many companies rely on high speed broadband for daily business operations. Fibre broadband is often the connection of choice due to the lower cost and wide availability. If this type of connection meets your business needs, then it is most likely well suited for daily business operations.
But Leased Line services are the preferred option.
The good news is, Leased Line services are gradually decreasing in cost. This is one of the reasons businesses with a large user base are choosing this type of broadband connection. Additionally, with most organisations a lost connection can result in profit loss so, a Leased Line offers more reliability.