LEASED LINE SPEEDS
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 (as an example) a 10Mb 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? These are some of the questions we will be looking at answering.
So what speeds are available? What is a bearer?
A leased line is available to order in any speed you require starting at 10Mb and going right the way up to 10Gb which is enough bandwidth to run an army! What you have to watch out for as a business is to make sure when you order you ask what bearer your leased line is on.
If you order a 100Mb leased line which is running on a 100Mb bearer and sign a 3 year term then you cannot upgrade that line. If you order a 50Mb leased line on a 100Mb bearer then at any stage through 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 a “silent” bandwidth sat in the background waiting to be used by you if required. The huge benefit of having a bearer is that you are future-proofing your business for the next 3 years. You have total peace of mind knowing that if you need more bandwidth, you can simply upgrade.
What are the most popular speeds and why?
When it comes to the most common speed the 10Mb on a 100Mb bearer is the popular one. However, as times are changing and the demand for more bandwidth is increasing, the 100Mb is becoming just as popular. So lets take a look in more detail.
10Mb on a 100Mb bearer
Why is it so popular?
10Mb is the entry point in the leased line world and as standard, we offer all our customers this speed with the 100Mb bearer. The simple reason for this is firstly, it’s the same price so why would you not! Secondly, this future proofs your business throughout the full term of the contract whether that be 1, 3 or 5 years as you can upgrade at any stage. This speed also offers sufficient bandwidth to carry internet traffic, WAN traffic, and VoIP phone calls. An old 2Mb connection would struggle with all these.
A lot of companies are forced into upgrading to a leased line due to the fact that they will see a rise in usage. VPN traffic, VoIP and websites are becoming more and more bandwidth hungry leaving a business with only one option – Upgrade.
Certainly another benefit is if your business is using ISDN30 circuits for telephony, you can switch to a leased line and run SIP trunking/VoIP. Money spent on rental charges for the ISDN circuits can then be saved because VoIP calls with SIP trunks are much cheaper than ISDN30 so you will have the added value of your calls package dramatically dropping in price.
Not only that, as the prices for leased lines continue to fall, this is now opening the door for more businesses to get rid of their unstable dsl connections and get the benefits of the best technology on the UK market without breaking the bank.
50Mb on a 100Mb bearer
Very similar to the above, the main reason in its growing popularity firstly start with costs. At the start of 2016, we have noticed prices on this circuit dropping more than any other. You are also getting five times more bandwidth than the above but not paying anywhere near five times more which makes it a very attractive proposition.
On top of that, vast improvements over the years in the electronics industry have seen prices for switches and routers tumble.
Again, SIP trunking and VoIP play their role here. Getting rid of ISDN circuits and saving money on your calls but being able to handle larger enterprise telephony requirements.
Head offices now need more bandwidth due to the increased WAN usage from regional offices. Usually when companies roll out corporate WAN’s the Head Office get’s the “lion’s share” and the regional offices get lower speeds. As the prices of leased lines drop, companies and firms have been upgrading other offices, providing them with faster connections and getting rid off “bottlenecks”
Previously, a 64kb connection was enough for a company. Then, a 2Mb connection came along, Now, a 10Mb on a 100Mb bearer connection is a default choice. Soon, 50Mb to 100Mb leased lines will become more common.
The demand for more internet bandwidth is increasing. Why? It’s because websites and the services within the workplace become hungry for more bandwidth. Standard broadband simply does not “cut the mustard” in most modern workplaces now. It is simply to slow, too limited and too unreliable. Without enough bandwidth, business related internet access will actually slow down.
100Mb leased line
What is the benefit of a 100Mb leased line? This is one of the most sought after leased line packages right now. In fact, more and more companies are opting to have one. And these are the reasons why.
A 100Mb leased line may sound scary to some businesses as they think it’s going to be such an extortionate price. Location plays a huge part in the pricing especially on this circuit speed. If you live in the middle of a field then pricing is going to be astronomical but if your business is in a built up area, major town or city in the UK then you may well be very surprised how cost effective this line is.
For years, 2Mb leased line connections were the standard choice of most companies. But recently, more companies are switching to 10Mb or even 100Mb leased lines because these connections are basically not that expensive. And they can also offer better performance and much greater benefits.
Why Opt For A 100Mb Leased line? Well, more and more companies are opting for 100Mb leased lines. You may wonder why they would need all this bandwidth? Surely, you would think that a 10Mb leased line would be sufficient enough. But this is not the case for everyone. There are many reasons why a lot of businesses are choosing to have 100Mb leased lines.
Companies use the bandwidth for different purposes, Internet access is one of the most important factors that a company should have in order to operate smoothly and run effectively. More staff equals more usage equals more bandwidth needed. For example, Windows updates, virus definition updates, video conferencing, VPN’s, VoIP all use bandwidth and if you have a large workforce you need a large internet connection to cope with demand.
1Gb leased line
These are ideal for companies using/needing lots of data. A 1Gb leased line is 10 times more powerful than a 100Mb leased line yet they do not cost 10 times as much. Usually the large corporate companies buy these as they have a high amount of staff, high internet usage, calls, uploading and downloading lots of data so the requirement is there.
Companies such as banks, businesses with global offices, hosting companies, graphic design companies to name a few are usually the main “takers” of this technology but hosting is the most popular.
Hosting actually demands lots of bandwidth, and this should be taken into account especially if you are allowing lots of people to stream or download large video or audio files, the need for more bandwidth will be increased aswell. Hence the requirement for a 1Gb leased line. This will help ensure that your connection does not turn into a bottleneck that will slow down instant access to sites.
In addition to that, 1Gb leased lines are often the ideal choice for companies that are maxing out their existing 100Mb connection. Some companies prefer to have two circuits purely because this can offer them “true resilience” plus better performance.
Another reason why companies are opting to go for a 1Gb leased line is that it enables them to have quicker and easier bandwidth upgrades. If you have a 100Mb leased line and its capacity runs out, you will need to wait three months for the installation of another line. Many companies cannot handle three months of internet congestion while waiting for the installation. So, in order to avoid this issue, some companies order a 100Mb on a 1Gb bearer leased line. This way, if ever they maxed out their bandwidth, they can easily upgrade their connection in days instead of months!