What is a Leased Line?
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The 3 main benefits of a leased line
A leased line is when you pay for a direct connection between your business and your Internet service provider (ISP), giving you a dedicated line with consistent guaranteed bandwidth. This is a premium service that bestows a high level of certainty and control over your data transfers, uploads and downloads, and ultimately your business.
There are three key aspects of leased lines that can make them a highly attractive option:
1. They are ‘symmetrical’
In this context, being symmetrical means that the line will have the same speed for uploads as for downloads. Typically, with a domestic line or standard business broadband line, you’ll find upload speeds are only 20-25% that of downloads. On a symmetrical broadband line, they are the same. This means information flows equally quickly in both directions, into and out of your office.
2. They are ‘uncontended’
With your line being set aside for your sole use, you will not have any competition for bandwidth, even at peak times of the day. Slow connections arise from multiple users or households in the same area all trying to use a public line at the same time, so this eliminates rival users, guarantees your speed and capacity, and gives you complete control over your data flow.
3. They are ‘point to point’
Leased lines provide a dedicated connection between two entities, i.e. your business and your Internet service provider, with no shared lines in between. A little like the Bat-phone, both parties know for sure who is on the other end of the line, and the service will be superior to that over the usual network.
The end result of a leased line
The ultimate benefit is of course a radical improvement to your working practices. With a dedicated leased line, you can make as much use as you like of video conferencing, VoIP facilities, e-commerce processes, communication between ‘smart’ devices and equipment, cloud computing, downloads or uploads of large files, and other services that rely heavily on data transfer – all without the fear of interruption due to a substandard broadband connection.
Do I need a leased line?
It’s true that some types of businesses will benefit more from a dedicated leased line than others. Any company that makes frequent use of VoIP, video conferencing, live streaming, extensive data transfer or large file uploads for sharing and approval (to name just a few examples) will see a marked improvement in the efficiency of their day-to-day operations.
It’s also important to note that the SLA on a leased line will guarantee that any problems are usually fixed within hours rather than days, relieving you of the stress and potential lost revenue caused by lengthy downtime.
But, in the long run, a dedicated, symmetrical ultrafast connection will be an attractive proposition for any business. Having certainty over your broadband speed and capacity at all times means you and your teams can get on with tasks without having to waste time waiting for files to be shared or stuttering your way through important conference calls. A few key business types that might benefit most from a dedicated leased line are as follows:
Having a constant, reliable data stream providing up-to-the-millisecond information on trading figures, interest rates and product options provides a distinct advantage to companies working in any aspect of the financial sector.
Communications and tech firms
As we understand very well ourselves, if you’re delivering services that rely on cloud-based software and split-second responses – such as VoIP systems, SaaS products, cloud accounting and inventory management, or any service involving complex app infrastructure – a leased line is pretty much required rather than desired.
Companies with a larger workforce
It’s now almost standard for companies to use cloud-based applications for accounting, invoicing, payroll, performance monitoring and CRM systems, which can generate a huge amount of constantly-updated information. If you’re also including VoIP and video conferencing in the mix, then you’ll need a highly-stable, robust broadband connection.
When doing business online, it’s essential to provide a fast response time to customers, deliver the purchase process as smoothly as possible and enable a speedy upload of any digital products or support resources. The ability to handle large amounts of customer data in order to gain insights into preferences and behaviour will also be of considerable use to your business.
Be it online gaming, live streaming of sports or concerts, or a film or video service, you’ll want a dedicated line to guarantee the speed of response and interaction, as well as provide an unbreakable connection (at least from your side!).
The level of definition and detail expected in all aspects of design means digital files shared with clients and other businesses have become, in many cases, gargantuan. Uploading finished high-definition artwork, large-scale 3D product designs or complex, layered drawings can potentially take hours over a standard shared line. A leased line means communications can be fast and efficient.