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Compare Business Leased Lines

Getting a good leased line quote historically has been difficult – different providers can offer completely different prices and knowing where to get the best value can prove to be tricky. We take all the stress away by finding you the best quote. All that’s left for you to do is fill in the form above with your details and we will do all the hard work for you – It’s that simple!

What is a Leased Line?

A leased line is a dedicated data connection which gives you symmetrical upload and download speeds and guarantees no downtime. Businesses use leased lines to deliver high speed, stable internet so they can have multiple users at one time with no impact to performance. Because the Leased Line is dedicated it means the bandwidth you need is solely reserved for your business so no more buffering at peak times.

What Different Types of Leased Line Can You Get?

Leased Lines are mostly all ethernet now, however there are some other services that are slightly different:
  • EFM – Otherwise known as Ethernet First Mile. As the name suggests the first mile of an EFM is ethernet and the rest is usually delivered via copper. This means it’s generally a lower cost than traditional leased lines but is only available in approx. 20% of the country and can get max speeds of about 20mb.
  • MPLS Network – MPLS is the technology used on a leased line or network of leased lines. It stands for Multi-Protocol Label Switching. This is a technology most companies with multiple data sharing sites will utilise.
  • Ethernet Leased Lines – MPLS is the technology used on a leased line or network of leased lines. It stands for Multi-Protocol Label Switching. This is a technology most companies with multiple data sharing sites will utilise.

How Much Does a Leased Line Cost?

It all depends on 3 key factors –
  • The Bandwidth (speed) you need
  • Your Location
  • The Provider you get a quote from

Leased Line costs increase the higher the bandwidth & the further away from the exchange you are. Prices can range from as little as £150pcm to ten times that. To get an accurate Leased Line Quote simply fill in the above form and we would be happy to help.

Leased Line Providers

There are many leased line providers in the UK. The majority will use each other’s networks & often sell it cheaper to you so its always worth getting quotes from a few leased line providers to make sure you get the best deal. We compare over 15 of the best Leased Line providers in the UK to save you the time.

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Leased Line Providers

There are many leased line providers in the UK. The majority will use each other’s networks and often sell it cheaper to you so it’s always worth getting quotes from a few leased line providers to make sure you get the best deal. We compare over 15 of the best in the UK to save you the time.

Comparing Leased lines have become a commodity just like our home broadband. Most of us will do comparisons on our own car insurance, broadband and phones so it makes sense to apply the same logic to our business costs.

When comparing leased lines it’s important to make sure you are comparing like for like as it can change the price significantly. So, the things to be careful of are:

  • Wires only or managed leased lines – The standard quote is usually for fully managed leased lines. However, some companies will prefer to manage the line themselves and require wires only quote. These are naturally cheaper because all the configuration and monitoring must be done by the company instead of the provider.
  • MPLS Network – MPLS is the technology used on a leased line or network of leased lines. It stands for Multi-Protocol Label Switching. This is a technology most companies with multiple data sharing sites will utilise.
  • Ethernet Leased Lines – MPLS is the technology used on a leased line or network of leased lines. It stands for Multi-Protocol Label Switching. This is a technology most companies with multiple data sharing sites will utilise.

Why Should You Compare Leased Lines?

Leased Line costs have fallen significantly in recent years and simultaneously the amount of businesses upgrading to leased lines has increased. This has meant a surge in re-sellers buying power making the leased line market far more competitive than they have ever been before.

If you are looking for a leased line, here are 3 reasons that thousands consider when comparing prices:
    • It saves you time. Most business owners will agree that time is money and with the number of providers available it can take you hours going to each and haggling the best price. With a comparison you spend a minute filling in your details and a short confirmation of your requirements and get your quotes given to you directly from the top 3 providers.
    • It saves you money. Because we put a huge volume of business through providers we get access to huge industry discounts and can save you up to 30% compared to going direct. As well as that.
    • It gives you a wide choice. We are experts and have been comparing leased lines for years. We analyse the market and only choose providers who meet our strict criteria – which includes good SLA’s, fix times and importantly prices.

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A Guide to Leased Lines for Small Businesses

Picking a Leased Line can seem daunting. There are so many providers and speeds to choose from it can be hard knowing what’s best for your business. Identifying your companies’ individual needs before getting quotes will help you figure it out. While every business is different with different needs there are a few factors everyone should consider.

  • Bandwidth – If you are currently on a 50Mb broadband connection a 50 Mb leased line will feel about 20 times faster. Many will be struggling on broadband and think they need higher speeds on a leased line – when this is not always the case. Your IT manager should find out what bandwidth you are likely to need but if not, a quick search online will give you calculators that can estimate what speed you need.
  • Contract term – The standard contract length for a leased line is usually 3 years. However, many businesses upgrading from broadband will prefer a shorter term like 1 year. Opting for a 1-year contract will often mean you will have a payment to make upfront and then monthly costs will often be higher. 5-year terms are also available and will usually reduce the cost even further.
  • Cost – One of the biggest factors in buying a leased line is how much it will cost. Most 3-year contracts will have free install and doing a comparison for leased line costs will help give you the peace of mind that you are not paying over the odds.

Dedicated Leased Line vs Business Broadband

In recent years we have seen the speeds of business broadband increase while the cost of dedicated leased lines has fallen. This means there has been some confusion with the two being the same because you can get both at same speeds but for remarkably different costs. The dedicated leased line costs a lot more but there are valid reasons for this. So other than price – what are the main differences?

    • Actual Speeds Firstly, broadband speeds are not as advertised unless of course you are on top of the exchange and have no neighbours also using the line. So, the 200Mb unlimited fibre broadband will likely be shared with about 20 other businesses. As well as that your upload speeds will be significantly less than your download, which can be a problem for businesses. However, with a dedicated leased line, you are guaranteed symmetrical upload and download speeds. Those speeds will not fluctuate or go down at all.
    • Service from Provider. With a dedicated leased line, you are protected with a Service Level Agreement. This means the line will not drop out or go down and if for any reason it would you can start claiming money back. Dedicated leased lines also come with fix times usually under 6 hours. Business broadband doesn’t offer this so if the line drops completely you can be waiting days, weeks and sometimes even months to get your service back.
    • Reliability. Dedicated leased lines are the most reliable internet connection available. They come with 24/7 monitoring, proactive customer support and cannot be interrupted by electrical signals. The only way leased lines usually go down is if someone accidentally digs through them. Business broadband has got more reliable with the introduction of fibre broadband, but it is still unreliable due to how many other users you share the line with.Business broadband can work for small businesses who are not reliant on the internet and could still operate without much loss if the internet went down completely. But if you want to give your business the edge and minimise internet downtime a dedicated leased line is the best solution.
    • Scalability. Business broadband is a product where the speed you get is all you can get. So if you went for a package that offered 200Mb and once installed you only receive 30Mb the only thing you can do to increase the speed is pay for another line. Dedicated leased lines however are scalable up to 100Mb, then up to 1Gb and even up to 10Gb for the data guzzlers. Naturally the price will increase as the bandwidth does, but it can be a much needed process for growing companies.

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