There are a few different options when it comes to carrying out a leased line comparison. These are broken down into a few categories for you to think about. However they can be summarised as follows:
- The Provider
- The Connectivity Type
- The Speed Of The Service You Need
Provider Comparison – Why Costs Vary
There are a few factors to be considered with your current or potential leased line provider. Firstly what is the cost of the service that they provide? The biggest issue facing most businesses is that costs can vary significantly from one provider to another.
It’s important to consider leased line costs before signing a long term agreement with a provider. Costs can vary but the most expensive part of a leased line service is the installation, unless the provider is using existing cabling into the premises.
If there is no service in to your premises, then the provider may decide to absorb the cost of the installation, if there is an opportunity to sell other leased line services to other customers in the area.
If there isn’t the scope to sell services to other businesses then this is when costs can escalate. If you contact us for a quote, we can typically advise you which providers are likely to be most competitive in your area.
A secondary consideration for some businesses is the reputation of the service provider. A leased line is a business critical service and downtime can leave with a business costs of up to tens of thousands of pounds.
A bad experience with a provider can mean that a customer may decide to not buy their service again.
The great news is that we can provide you with quotes from multiple providers, therefore you can compare the benefits of each provider before making a decision.
Type Of Connectivity
Leased line and dedicated connectivity can be used interchangeably to mean the same thing. A leased line can also come with three types of cabling. This can be copper, fibre and wireless and each one has it’s own benefits and restrictions and each of them are priced differently.
ADSL Broadband & Leased Line Comparison
An ADSL line is a copper based shared connection even when ordering a business grade service, it is also a contented service meaning that the upload and download speeds are different. An ADSL service also does not have a fixed bandwidth or speed. The SLA (the time it takes to fix the connection should it break) on an ADSL service is varied between providers but typically offers no guarantees.
A leased line is a dedicated un-contended connection with guaranteed bandwidth and SLA. This is typically why the cost is significantly higher and why most businesses opt for a dedicated connection rather than an ADSL based service.
ADSL Broadband is usually good enough for a startup business with a few employees, but as a business grows and there is more of a reliance on the internet, then you can quickly become frustrated with an ADSL broadband service.
Fibre Leased Line Services
FTTC or fibre to the cabinet is the next generation of ADSL services. Fibre to the cabinet has all the same features of traditional ADSL but with a higher bandwidth.
FTTC is a different service to a fibre leased line even though they both use the word fibre. A fibre leased line is a fibre connection end to end and there is no copper element involved.
FTTC to the cabinet is fibre to the green box at the end of the road and then from the green box (cabinet) it’s the same traditional copper that ADSL uses.
A fibre leased line however requires the provider to run a dedicated fibre into the premises where the service will be delivered. In some instances there are existing fibre connections that the installer can use and this can significantly reduce the cost of the fibre install.
We can provide fibre quotes from multiple providers including a BT Leased Line, Virgin Media, TalkTalk, Vodaphone and Level 3 to name a few.
EFM, GEA & EoFTTC – Copper Leased Lines
In order to have the advantages of a leased line it doesn’t have to be a fibre based connection. If you have a requirement of around 10Mb then a copper based leased line may be of benefit.
These SLA is’t always as good, it can be as much as 12 hours but it can be as little s 20% of the monthly cost of a fibre based service.
A copper based leased line is however un-contended and comes with guaranteed bandwidth.
Wireless Dedicated Leased Line
A wireless leased line comes with all the benefits of a dedicated fibre connection but has a faster install time and isn’t as widely available as a fixed fibre line.
The costs, speed and SLA are typically the same as that of a fibre connection. The UK’s largest provider of wireless leased lines is M247, formally Metronet.