A dedicated broadband line or “leased line” is a secure link that connects two or more sites. Normally this is a connection from your business premises to your internet service provider – but in theory it could also be used as a secure high-speed connection between any two premises. This connection may be utilised for internet access, corporate data transmission, video calls and VoIP phone conversations.
Why A Business Would Choose A Leased Line
For many businesses, high-speed fibre to the premises (or the slightly slower fibre to the cabinet) connections are perfectly suitable, but for large businesses, those which cannot risk any downtime or service interruptions, or those which require even higher speeds – leased lines are the preferred choice. Below are just some of the benefits that businesses gain from the leased lines Carden Telecoms provides.
- Leased Lines Are Faster
The top speed of a leased line is far higher than even the fastest FTTP line. You can expect speeds of up to 10Gbps, which exceeds the expected maximum of FTTP by 10 times.
- Leased Lines Have An Improved Upload/Download Ratio
The increased up/down ratio is one of the features that makes dedicated broadband lines excellent for commercial use. Home users download considerably more data than they upload, but this is not necessarily the case for many companies. Video conferencing, cloud storage, and continuous data backups all necessitate a fast upload speed.
- Leased Lines Are Not Contested
Almost all broadband lines are “contested,” which means that your line is shared with other users of the same provider. While not normally a problem, at busy periods of day this can make your internet connection become slower or less dependable. Dedicated broadband lines are “uncontested,” which means they are a direct connection from your office to your internet service provider that is not shared with anybody else. As there are no other users on the line, there are no busy periods, and you have a more reliable connection.
- Leased Lines Have No Speed Throttling or “Fair Use” Loopholes
Most home broadband lines, and many business ones, are advertised as “unlimited” but in reality, they have a “fair use” clause which throttles the speed during busy periods or after you have downloaded a certain amount of data. Leased lines do not have this throttling and are running at their maximum capacity 24/7.
- Leased Lines Have Much Lower Latency
The higher speeds and lack of contention on dedicated broadband lines mean that they have significantly lower latency. This is very noticeable on video calls which often have no noticeable delay at all when run over leased lines.
Is a Leased Line the Right Choice for Your Business?
The choice between different broadband will come down to what you value most in your business. Leased lines are the obvious choice if speed and dependability are the most important factors to you. A standard FTTP or FTTC broadband connection will be better suited if you are more concerned with keeping your expenses down.
Our team is available to assist you if you are still unsure about which option is best for you. To discover more about our dedicated business broadband and leased line solutions, contact one of our business telecoms specialists today. We can assess your present setup and help you select the most appropriate replacement for your business.