Can I get a leased line in my area?
In theory anyone in the UK can get a leased line, for those in major cities its likely to be a straightforward process – you order the line, get a site survey and get the dedicated line installed, usually within a few weeks.
However, if you are in a location with poor fibre infrastructure or where there is no infrastructure at all its likely to be more complicated & come with an install cost to pay. You can only find out if there will be a cost by ordering a leased line & getting the site survey completed. If there are any costs you are then able to cancel the order or try to negotiate with the provider.
We found a good tool from thinkbroadband which tells you what broadband is available & if it says LLU it means leased lines are already in your area so install should be fairly simple. You can check your own area here.This doesn’t mean there would be no excess construction charges to get the line in.
Excess construction charges or ECCs can occur for a few reasons. The charges occur to cover any work that is needed to get the service delivered at your site. This covers anything from laying additional cabling, drilling into or through walls, installing or clearing underground ducting and any other required work of a similar nature. We had one that has hundreds of thousands as it would require digging up the motorway!
What are the advantages of a Leased Line?
There are tonnes of dedicated leased line advantages for businesses & we hope to help you understand all of them & how they can relate to your own business.
- Symmetric upload & download speeds – Weather you are uploading data to your CRM or downloading attachments from e-mails the speed will be the same. Unlike broadband where it’s usually a much faster download speed.
- Dedicated Internet connectivity – No one else sharing the line which means you get the same speed of data connectivity all day, even at peak times. No buffering giving you the most stable internet access possible, perfect for cloud applications, VoIP phone lines & high data use.
- Security – Ethernet Leased Lines are so secure because they are exclusively dedicated to only the two locations they connect. Combined with appropriate router and firewall settings, a dedicated internet access line, reduces the security risks due to it not being a shared service like your standard business broadband.
- Service Level Agreement (SLA) – All leased lines come with a SLA which shows the customer the minimum level of service you can expect from the provider, as well as the level of compensation if your service fell below that level. Most SLA’s will also include a target fix time & neither is a benefit you can expect from other data network connections.
- Support – With the SLA in place providers have to make sure your line is working all the time, so they proactively monitor it 24/7 – fixing faults before they even develop into a fault. They often have a dedicated Network Operations Centre to monitor their leased line network & ensure the customer never goes without.
When you compare leased lines to business broadband it’s like comparing a 20-year-old Fiesta to the latest Tesla – there really isn’t much comparison. Leased Lines are faster, more reliable, more secure & are monitored and supported by the provider much more comprehensively. If you have a business that relies on an internet connection leased lines are a great fit. But they may not be right for every business.
What are the disadvantages of a leased line?
It’s a fair but tough question. When we brainstormed the disadvantages there was only one we could think of. This isn’t just because we compare leased lines & are being biased – countless google searches & our own experience has enabled us to give a fair list of the disadvantages.
- Price – Leased Line costs have dropped considerably in recent years, but they are still around 4 or 5 times more expensive than your standard broadband. Obviously, you are getting a much better service with a leased line but if you are looking at options only basing results on price then leased lines can be a more expensive form of data connectivity.
- Install times – With Ofcom stepping in a few years back & the governments help with enabling better connectivity throughout the UK, the install times are much better than a few years ago. However, they are still usually a fair bit longer than your standard business broadband. Broadband usually is in & running within a couple of weeks, but leased lines have a more complicated set up & install and can take a couple of months to install.
Leased lines are a great option for most businesses, but they are not always needed. Sole traders, one-man-bands & companies who only use the internet to check e-mail now & again are unlikely to need one. So, it’s unnecessary to pay the additional costs for a service they simply don’t need.
If you don’t know what option is best for your business we would be happy to help discuss options and point you in the right direction, simply call us on 01923 594 060 or Click Here to get a quote.