What is a

    Leased Line?

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    Posted on: November 7, 2022

    When first researching types of broadband, it can be overwhelming to discover that there are multiple types all which mean something different. It can be difficult to cut through all of the jargon to understand what each type of broadband is and which one is best for you.

    This post, we are going to discuss what is a leased line, what are the advantages and disadvantages of a leased line and if you really need one.

    What is a leased line?

    A leased line is a dedicated internet access line from the exchange to your premise.

    This differs slightly to broadband which goes to a cabinet that is shared by other premises. With a leased line, the connection line is exclusively yours, with no one else able to access it.

    It is generally used by those who requires a higher, uninterrupted bandwidth, usually in the form of a business/corporation.

    With a range of capable speeds, the highest reaches 10Gbps (10,000 Mbps). Of course, these kind of speeds aren’t required for the majority of business’, however, the capability is impressive.

    Pros of a leased line

    There are many benefits of a leased line, the most obvious is the direct speed benefit as mentioned above. However, you can also receive a more consistent and steady connection allowing for greater reliability.

    You receive a symmetrical upload/download speed. If you host a website and need to upload content, or put data into the cloud, this symmetrical speed can reap many advantages for your business.

    Without the other shared users on your connection, it means you can receive uninterrupted downloads and uploads.

    It can also be more secure. With less people accessing your network, your data is inadvertently safer.

    Cons of a leased line

    A leased line is incredibly expensive to run on a monthly basis. You only pay one charge, however it is significantly higher than your usually business broadband rates.

    Because a physical line is required to go to your property, installation is a must. The length of installation on average is around 12 weeks. In this meantime, you will remain on your existing broadband set up.

    There is also the fee of the actual installation as well. Not only will you have to wait 12 weeks, but you’ll also need to pay for it.

    Do you need a leased line?

    Despite the spectacular speed benefits, is the need for a leased line a priority? If you’re a business thinking of upgrading your connectivity, perhaps a fibre connection could be of more long-term benefit.

    Fibre-optic cables can offer speeds of up to 1Gbps and at a much more affordable rate, with a far shorter waiting time.

    If you do have questions about full fibre connections or any other broadband related queries, please do call us. Our expert team are ready and waiting to steer you in the right direction when it comes to selecting your broadband packages.

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