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What Is A Leased Line?

Leased lines can be confusing, so here’s our explanation of what it is. A leased line is a dedicated, fixed-bandwidth, symmetric data connection. This means that this is your broadband line and you are not sharing it with your neighbours – like you do with other kinds of broadband.

With a standard shared telephone line users can report the reliability and speeds dropping as other users go online at peak time and eat up bandwidth. This is fine for residential use – but not so much for business applications.  This isn’t an issue with a leased line since it’s entirely yours to use. Speeds are steady and it’s more secure.

The speeds available on leased lines range from 10Mb all the way up to 10Gb (10,000Mb) and they’re symmetrical. What this means is that your download and upload speeds are the same. This is incredibly helpful if you intend/ need to upload data, host a website, use a VPN or let remote workers use your office’s servers.

Leased lines will also give you low latency (lag). This is essential for things such as making video calls and accessing data remotely. In many instances you will also get 24/7 customer support and priority fault fixes when things go wrong.

Is a Leased Line Really Required?

In terms of broadband, a leased line can be very expensive. We’re talking a few hundred pounds per month, plus anything from £500-£1,500 for installation although prices can increase depending on your distance to the nearest exchange.

If your business is dependent on a high-quality broadband connection or requires that extra oomph – leased lines are worth every penny.

You may consider installing a leased line if your workplace/ business:

  • Is a very big office with lots of people to connect
  • Needs to transfer large amounts of data a large proportion of the time
  • Does financial trading
  • Runs a big website
  • Needs guaranteed, reliable internet for many people, 24/7
  • Uses VoIP a lot

It may be worth running through the numbers with your accountant and seeing if it’s the best option for your company. If not, there are plenty of other options too.

Leased lines may not be the most cost effective solution for residential applications. That being said, if you can afford it and value super-fast internet for your home, we’re not here to stop you. On the other hand it’s not uncommon for small village residents to all chip in to have a leased line installed if their existing internet speeds are abysmal.

Positives of getting a leased line:

  • Lightning-fast symmetrical upload/download speeds are available. BT offers speeds up to 10Gb.
  • It's not shared with anyone, so speeds are steady and won't fluctuate.
  • Most leased line packages allow you to change your bandwidth whenever you wish. This can induce cost savings during quieter months.
  • Low latency (lag).
  • Leased lines are more secure and private compared to traditional shared lines.
  • With certain providers you are guaranteed to get a connection at the speeds you require.
  • You’ll get a Service Level Agreement (SLA) along with priority in regards to fixing faults.
  • Leased lines often come with a static IP address.
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Cons of getting a leased line:

  • It can be quite pricey. Like, very pricey.
  • It can get more expensive the further away you are from the nearest exchange.
  • Leased lines take much longer to install. In some cases it can take up to three months. In comparison a business broadband connection can go live in a fortnight.
  • Keeping on the topic of time. A leased line required physical installation which is hassle.
  • Generally leased lines don’t include landline phone plans. This is something that would have to be dealt with separately. Luckily this is something we can help with.

If you’re interested in leased lines or a broadband solution for a large business – call us today on 0808 202 3200 for more information and pricing.