Poor Connectivity Can Cripple Productivity.
Poor Connectivity can cripple business productivity. Not surprisingly then, many businesses are looking at leased line connectivity as a solution and an alternative to broadband. Effectively, a leased line is a dedicated Ethernet connection direct to the Internet.
How much does a leased line cost?
Frustratingly, there isn’t a simple, easy answer. The reason? Leased line costs depend on a number of business-specific variables:
Location. A leased line involves creating a direct fibre optic connection between your business and the nearest ‘Point of Presence’, this is usually an exchange or carrier datacentre, which can be up to 35km away. The longer that connection, the greater the cost.
Bandwidth. Basically, the faster the connection, and the greater the amount of traffic that it has to carry, then the higher the cost. A business simply wanting a fast and reliable connection for 20 people, say, is therefore going to pay a lot less than a 200-employee business with heavy cloud-computing and enterprise systems workloads.
Contract length. From a leased line provider’s point of view, there are a lot of fixed costs involved in setting up a leased line connection. The longer you’re prepared to be a customer, the lower your monthly payment.
Required levels of customer service, latency, resilience, and uptime provisions. As always, you tend to get what you pay for. And as with consumer broadband offerings, cut-price business connectivity can often mean compromises on performance and service.
Make Informed Decisions
It is important to really understand what your bandwidth requirement is going to be, as not every leased line provider will offer an ability to flex your leased line’s bandwidth as your needs evolve. Bandwidth calculations aren’t easy, technology evolves at a rapid pace which may increase your business demands.
Different leased line providers will have different leased line infrastructure in place to serve businesses’ differing location and bandwidth situations. It really does pay to shop around—especially if your business is located a little off the beaten track: cities and busy business parks are better served than more rural locations.
Getting The Best Solution
It is a complex marketplace, thanks to those differing leased line infrastructure footprints, and differing service and uptime provisions. To ensure you get the best prices and the most appropriate leased line capability, we obtain a ‘whole of market’ comparison with our connectivity partner Aspire, who work with all leased line providers including Virgin Media, Sky, Openreach, Talk Talk Business and CityFibre, to ensure your business benefits from the best solution to match your needs. They also provide a 24/7 support service dedicated 24/7 monitoring and support and a customer portal for bandwidth usage reporting and incident management.
Our Dedicated Leased Lines offer ultrafast speeds which are dedicated to your business, meaning you don’t share the bandwidth with anyone else, ensuring that you can always rely on your connection.
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