Dedicated Leased Lines? What are they?
Put simply a leased line is a dedicated, fixed-bandwidth, symmetric data connection. It is the fastest, most secure and most reliable data connection option available to businesses today. It is a dedicated telecommunications circuit from your business to the carriers’ or the providers’ network in exchange for a monthly rent.
Unlike with a shared or contended broadband connection, the full bandwidth on a leased line is always available to just your business and it assures a consistently high quality connection.
I see, so it's the same as an internet connection?
No, there is so much more to it than that…
A dedicated leased line can be used to carry a variety of data traffic such as internet traffic including web pages, emails; video streaming; VPN (Virtual Private Network) traffic over WAN or LAN; phone calls, and VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol).
Leased line can be used to:
- Connect corporate offices to the internet
- Enable remote connections to the head office
- Carry phone calls
- Connect LAN (local area networks) or several remote offices together
- Share resources and data between sites
5 key reasons to invest in this technology.
1: Your businesses dedicated connection to the internet
If your business relies on the internet for its day to day running, you will know that broadband is just not enough. Your business needs a reliable connection to the web that is consistent and ‘uncontended’ at all times.
A leased line provides your business with a dedicated line with no contention from other businesses or individuals. You no longer have to worry about Fair Usage Policy as you can use as much data as you like for the monthly price you agree.
2: A drop in connection is a thing of the past
You don’t have to worry about a drop in your internet connection anymore because your dedicated leased line is fully ‘exclusive’ to your business and it will maintain its performance levels 24/7.
3: Guaranteed super fast internet all day, every day
A leased line is so much more than fast download speed.
What sets leased lines apart is that they provide your business with a synchronous connection, which means that you get the same transfer speed for data in both directions. This is important if you are uploading to the cloud, downloading large volumes of data on a daily basis, if you are running your own in-house servers to host websites, if you are streaming, using VoIP telephony, sharing large data files or more commonly having more and more video conferencing calls via Webex, Zoom or Microsoft Teams.
Unlike broadband, there are no usage caps on the amount of data you can transfer and you simply can not exceed your data allowance
4: Save money with flexible options
Contrary to popular belief a dedicated leased line does not need to cost the earth. They have in fact become more cost effective over the years. It is true, that while broadband connection will cost tens of pounds, leased lines will cost more than that but they have become a favoured choice for businesses looking for a consistently reliable, high speed private internet connection.
With leased lines, there is also the option for flexibility. You can alter your bandwidth to follow fluctuating business demand, and pay for what you require. You can also future proof your company by anticipating how your bandwidth needs may grow in the future.
5: Service Level Agreement covered fix
If your broadband connection goes down your business could be without an internet connection for days.
This could have disastrous consequences for your business which is why a leased line comes with a Service Level Agreement (SLA). This guarantees that major connectivity issues will be resolved quickly and efficiently.
The providers’ Network Operations Centre monitors their connections around the clock ensuring that help is on the hand if a line goes down at any time.
To assess whether a dedicated leased line is right for your business, you need to ask yourself
“how business critical is your internet connection?”
If your business operates in multiple locations and you need a highly reliable connection backed by a Service Level Agreement (SLA), a leased line is probably the right choice for you.
To find out how much a dedicated connection would cost your company get in touch with us today and speak with one of our expert team members, you can call direct on 01925 530 150 or arrange a call back using our contact form here