Leased Lines Vs. Fibre Broadband
August 23, 2019
With costs and speeds constantly fluctuating for leased lines and fibre broadband, it can be daunting to choose an internet solution for your business.
There isn’t a definitive answer when it comes to deciding which service is better for businesses, as every business is different. We’ve chosen to outline some of the differences between a leased line and fibre broadband in this article to help you choose:
What Are Leased Lines?
A leased line is a dedicated internet connection that runs directly from your premises to the local exchange. This means you won’t share your connection with other users, it is solely for your business.
How Fast Are Leased Lines?
The lines run symmetrically, so they offer the equal and consistent upload and download speeds. On average, they can offer from 100Mb up to 10Gb upload and download speeds.
How Much Do Leased Lines Cost?
As the lines are usually leased annually and they have a higher-level Service Level Agreement (SLA), they are more expensive than fibre broadband. However, the price tag reflects a reliable connection, even when multiple individuals are using it at the same time.
What is Fibre Broadband?
Fibre broadband is a shared internet connection that runs from “Fibre-to-the-Cabinet” technology. Fibre is sent to the cabinets located at the end of your street and travels along copper wires to your building.
How Fast is Fibre Broadband?
Fibre broadband utilises asymmetrical lines therefore offering faster downloads compared to uploads; this is ideal for browsing, email and streaming. Speed depends on the type of link, the number of users and the distance from the local exchange.
How Much Does Fibre Broadband Cost?
As mentioned above, fibre broadband is cheaper than leased lines. This is because broadband connections are readily available and run over an analogue line, so the SLA is reliant on standard BT response times.
Should You Choose Leased Lines or Fibre Broadband?
Simply put, you need to choose the solution that is best suited to your business needs and your internet requirements. If you rely heavily on a strong and reliable internet connection for the majority of your business, you should invest in a leased line.
If you are still unsure on which option is best for you, contact Ocean Telecom today for some expert advice.