As a business we recently took the decision to upgrade our leased line to 1GB. Our dedicated connection allows our IT support team to have uninterrupted access to the internet, allowing us to provide remote IT support at all times.
We are also able to offer these services to our customers as well, however why should businesses consider the option of a leased line?
Businesses are finding that they require a faster, more secure connection especially as a lot of services are now moving to the “Cloud“.
What is a leased line?
A dedicated leased line is a fibre optic cable that runs from your business directly to the exchange, delivering speeds that no other service can beat.
With a standard shared line, the speed and reliability of your broadband can fluctuate as other users go online and eat up bandwidth. It can also mean slower speeds in general, depending on the contention ratio in your area.
What are the benefits of a leased line?
- A dedicated leased line ensures that businesses do not need to share their line/connectivity with our customers. This means that you will receive a consistent service and bandwidth at all times.
- The cost of leased lines have dropped and have become more affordable than they ever were.
- Leased lines have low latency, this means that we you click on a web page it will load quickly.
- A dedicated leased line is designed for business use. So it comes with Service Level Agreements and a fast fix time. Some leased line providers actively monitor your connection. If it goes down, their systems will alert them to the problem, allowing troubleshooting to begin even before you’ve told them about the problem.
- It’s more secure and private than a shared line.
Does you business need a leased line?
In order to determine whether your business needs a leased line, its worthwhile considering the questions that are outlined below:
- How many employees do you have? If you have only a few people working in your office then a leased line probably is not required quite yet. If you have more people working simultaneously this could be a good option so that you have an un-contended line.
- Is an internet connection vital to your business? At AME an internet connection is vital to our business to ensure that we can provide remote support. The same would be said for any businesses that use Office 365 or are using cloud services. For a business to store data and run applications over the internet, it will need a reliable, fast connection.
- Do you have multiple office sites? If yes, and you find that collaboration and file sharing between the two or more sites can prove tricky due to slow internet speeds, a leased line connection would resolve that problem.
- Does your business use VoIP? A leased line can handle multiple staff members making simultaneous calls, all whilst other colleagues search the internet, send emails or connect remotely to the office.