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What is a leased line?

A leased line is a premium connectivity product which is normally delivered over fibre-optic cables so that data can be transmitted at the speed of light. Leased lines are typically considered a business class product because of the volumes of data that can be transmitted at speed. Leased lines range from 10Mbps to 10Gbps so they’re great for businesses of all sizes.

A leased line is uncontended (which means that it’s not shared with any other business or consumer) and is highly secure. It also provides symmetrical data transfer (which means that both upload and download speeds are the same) for a better user experience.

There is a Government scheme available currently that provides financial support for the installation of a leased line – more information can be found on the Gigabit Voucher Scheme website.

What speeds can a leased line reach?

An internet leased line is uncontended which means you are the only business who can use the line. The user experience that you have with a leased line is vastly superior to a business broadband connection. This is because broadband is contended, which means that you share the infrastructure with other businesses in your area. This results in lower speeds for data transfer.

Leased lines offer very flexible speeds – they start at 1Mbps and go up to 1000Mbps (or 1Gbps). The most common leased line speeds are 10Mbps, 20Mbps, 30Mbps, 50Mbps, 100Mbps, 250Mbps, 500Mbps and 1Gbps.

What alternatives to a full leased line are there for business users?

There are other connectivity services that are also suited to businesses who are looking for something superior to a standard broadband connection. Alternatives include Generic Ethernet Access (GEA) and Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM).

EFM is uncontended like a leased line, but it uses the traditional copper-based network infrastructure to reduce installation times. The maximum speeds available with EFM is 35Mbps.

GEA achieves maximum symmetrical speeds of 20Mbps and combines Ethernet infrastructure with traditional copper infrastructure.

What can I use my leased line for?

A leased line gives a business the flexibility and reliability to run practically any cloud-based application. It is common for a business to use a leased line for email and web access, but many businesses also use it to run their telephony services (Voice over internet protocol or VoIP or Hosted Voice), video, CRM, ERP and a plethora of other IP services reliably.