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What Is A Leased Line?

So what is this type of internet service and is it the best out there in the UK for data connectivity? What sort of high speeds are available? How long does it take to get one installed? What size would i need to suit my business?

These are just some of the questions that we will be asking. If you are looking for all the answers and more then you are in the right place. With more and more business joining the bandwidth revolution, this is the right place for the right answers to your questions. So what are we waiting for? Lets jump straight in and start clarifying everything to the best of our ability for you. So where do we start?

A leased line offers a totally uncontended connection. It’s a dedicated line which you share with nobody, with bandwidth availability ranging from 10Mb to 10Gb with speeds that are totally symmetrical and offering reliability that easily surpasses all broadband packages on the market in the data network arena.

It also come with a 100% target SLA (service level agreement), totally unlimited usage, the ability to upgrade your bandwidth, a managed router plus 24/7 support 365 days a year. It really is the ultimate cost effective business solution.

So, Can Anyone Get One?

Basically yes. The nearer you are to a town or city, the more chance there will be of success. The vast majority of the UK is covered but there will always be a few problem areas. If you live in the middle of a field surrounded by nothing then you can still get one BUT there will be the potential for huge extra charges but these will not be identified until a site survey has taken place.

At this point if the charges are too high, you can simply cancel and explore other options. We take every case individually so sometimes if there are excess charges, instead of having to pay the lump sum up front we can add it on to your monthly rental over the term of your contract which gives us a lot more flexibility than the majority of providers in the UK.

How Fast Can They Go?

As fast as you want them to be! With speeds ranging from 10Mb right the way up to 10Gb, there is a speed suitable for every business of every size whether you’re an SME or large corporate. The most common speed in the UK at time of writing (January 2019) is 100Mb. Over the next few years and due to the demand in modern day industries, this will rise to a 1Gb speed being the best selling!

What Equipment Is Needed To Connect To It?

With all our connections we provide Cisco routers (or equivalent) which are shipped out pre-configured for you so you can simply “plug and play”.

How Are The Speeds Delivered?

You may think it’s simply delivered using fibre Ethernet cables but there is more to it than that. If we take a 10Mb connection as an example, there are options. Firstly we can use the traditional fibre optic for the line or secondly, a product such as EFM would utilise copper based technology. A lot of the local telephone exchanges can offer this but the availability depends on your distance from the exchange plus the availability of spare telephone lines.

There is also a FTTC (fibre to the cabinet) offering but a dedicated line still remains head and shoulders above the other technologies mentioned plus prices have come down so much that it’s worth paying that little bit extra for the quality you will get.

Do They Have Telephony Benefits?

It certainly can do! Once they have been installed at your business, the next step now the bandwidth is sorted is to save money on old style ISDN2’s and ISDN30’s to name just a couple of the technologies out there. Newer technologies such as VoIP, SIP trunks and hosted telephony can cut your phone calls by more than half! That saving can then go towards your new circuit making it even cheaper! Please ask for more details on our telephony offerings.

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