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Picking the correct leased line speeds for your business is one of the most important decisions you can make before ordering a leased line.
The amount of options available on the market can be classed as “something for everyone” but be aware, just because you order a 100Mb leased line, what happens if your business grows and you have signed a 3 year deal but need more bandwidth?
What is a bearer? What is the right speed for your business? Can you downgrade speed? What about costs? These are some of the questions we will be looking at answering for you.
Since ADSL first appeared on the market, the requirement for bandwidth has simply exploded. Something that was classed as a luxury in its day is now an absolute necessity to most businesses.
How did we survive before the arrival of the internet? Technology has moved on somewhat since then. We now have a rich abundance of different products offering something for every budget. At the top of the tree are leased lines.
Unlike the days of ADSL where speeds where classed as “best effort”, leased lines are totally uncontended and therefor you share your connection speed with nobody.
Leased line speeds are synchronous. If you purchased a 100Mb leased line, you’d get 100Mb download speed and 100Mb upload speed. With contended broadband, your connection is shared with others, hence the reason why the speed fluctuates so often.
With leased line speeds now ranging from 100Mb to 10Gb, the requirement is set to continue growing at pace. Speed still remains the main requirement in businesses across the UK who heavily rely on everything a leased line can provide to fulfil their needs.
As a business, it’s essential to ask what bearer your leased line comes on before you order it or this could cause issues later.
If you order a 100Mb leased line running on a 100Mb bearer and sign a 3 year term then it becomes very difficult to upgrade that line.
If you order a 50Mb leased line on a 100Mb bearer then at any stage throughout your contract you can upgrade from the 50Mb to 60Mb, 70Mb etc (for a slight increase in your monthly costs) right the way up to the full 100Mb.
Basically a bearer is like “silent” bandwidth sat in the background waiting to be used by you if required. The huge benefit of having a bearer is that you’re future-proofing your business.
You have total peace of mind knowing that if you need more bandwidth at any stage throughout the term of your contract, you can simply upgrade.
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The popularity of leased line speeds changes pretty much every year. The reason is simple. Businesses require more bandwidth to cope with the demand of modern working environments.
When it comes to the most common leased line speeds, the 100Mb on a 1Gb bearer is currently the most in demand. However, as times are changing and the demand for bandwidth is increasing, the 1Gb leased line is becoming just as popular.
We can say with certainty that whilst 10Gb lines are not for every business, within a few years, this will be the “go to” speed.
It’s hard to believe that not too many years ago, a 10Mb leased line was incredibly fast! It was a premium service and only the wealthy businesses could afford one. How times have changed!
Here we will now take a look at the available speeds in more detail to hopefully give you a better idea of what will be suitable for your business moving forward.
A 50Mb leased line is becoming a requirement of the past. Why? The 100Mb leased line is the same price so it makes no sense to go for anything other than the latter option.
A 50Mb leased line on a 100Mb bearer is our entry point for a leased line. It was 10Mb but 50Mb is usually the same price or cheaper! The demand of this line is pretty much now dead.
Whilest 50Mb was a good entry point, we are now at the stage where 100Mb is either the same price or cheaper which really does make the value of this line hard to justify.
Previously, a 64kb connection was enough for a company. Now, a 100Mb on a 1Gb bearer connection is a default choice. Soon, 50Mb to 100Mb leased lines will become obsolete.
The demand for more internet bandwidth is increasing. Why? It’s because websites and the services within the workplace are more hungry for bandwidth. Broadband services simply do not “cut the mustard” in most modern workplaces now. It’s simply too slow, too limited and too unreliable.
50Mb is not a speed we would recommend due to the fact that the 100Mb leased line usually comes out at the same price.
A 100Mb leased line comes on a 100Mb bearer and is the entry level option for leased lines. Perfect for the majority of small businesses that wont need to upgrade.
A 100Mb leased line is a better option than 50Mb. There is no difference in price and in most instances, it even works out cheaper!
Location plays a big role in pricing. If you work in a rural area, pricing could be higher. If your business is in a built up, major town or city then you may be very surprised how cost effective this line is.
More companies are switching to 100Mb leased lines because they are just not that expensive. They offer better performance and much greater benefits than 50Mb.
Companies use the bandwidth for different purposes. Internet access is one of the most important factors that a company can have in order to operate smoothly and run effectively. More staff equals more usage equals more bandwidth needed.
Windows updates, virus definition updates, video conferencing, VPN’s, VoIP all use bandwidth. If you have a large workforce then you need a fast internet connection to cope with demand.
This is the perfect start point for any company that is unsure if 100Mb will be enough for them over a 3 year period. With the 1Gb bearer, you can upgrade speeds!
So what can 100Mb on a 1Gb bearer leased line speeds offer your business? Well, to start off with, this is the number one choice for businesses in 2023.
With this offering, if you sign a 3 year term contract and decide that the 100Mb leased line speed is not enough, you can simply upgrade your speed for a slight increase in your monthly costs.
The actual costs for a 100Mb on a 1Gb bearer leased line have dropped so why would anybody choose the 100Mb bearer unless they know that they’ll have more than enough bandwidth. If you don’t have a bearer, you cannot upgrade your speed easily.
Therefor, this speed will not only give you a good starting bandwidth but also you’ll have total peace of mind knowing you can upgrade as and when you require to a higher bandwidth.
You can upgrade at any stage throughout the term of your contract in increments of 100Mb so 200Mb, 300Mb etc up to the full 1Gb speed.
Now this is for the more bandwidth hungry businesses out there. This option is starting to become the choice to take for many. With fast speeds and prices lowering all the time, it’s easy to see why.
1Gb leased lines are often the ideal choice for companies that have lots of staff/remote workers, lots of bandwdth reliant applications and have a need for high upload/download speeds.
The price of 1Gb leased lines has fallen. Some areas can now get a 1Gb leased line for under £300 per month which is incredible vaue for money! This includes 24/7 support 365 days a year.
Call centres are a prime example of the type of customer we deal with that tend to go for this higher bandwidth. Since the pandemic, we have also had people working from home taking up these incredible offers!
We’re starting to see a sharp rise in companies now taking this speed. Pricing is a huge factor but its also worth getting a quote for 100/1gb and the full 1Gb as I think you’ll be very suprised!
We have now entered the higher end of the market with our fastest line. Ultrafast as standard and now comes with even better pricing. What’s not to like!
A 10Gb leased line is the pinnacle of speed in the UK at this moment in time. A few years back this type of speed was simply unheard of, never mind used.
This type of speed is suited to larger companies with lots of staff/remote workers and a huge requirement for lots of bandwidth.
Data centres and call centres are 2 perfect examples of industries that utilise this sort of raw speed. In saying that, this is another product that is dropping in price.
A few years ago, this speed would have cost between £4,000 to £8,000 per month dependant on location – maybe more!
Now however, we can offer them starting from £745.00 per month which is based on certain locations and subject to a site survey but a huge drop has made them more accessible to the masses.
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