What’s the fuss about leased lines?
Posted by Thomas Holtom-Hattersley on 28/05 at 10:00 AM Internet connectivity,
What’s the fuss about leased lines

Connectivity resellers will always sing the praises of leased lines, but what’s all the fuss about? I hope this short blog will explain.


When selecting your internet service there are a number of key points you should consider:

  • Reliability
  • Service level
  • Scalability
  • Speed
  • Resilience

Leased lines meet the above requirements better than any other connectivity type. They are a tried and proven technology that typically deliver 99.999% reliability, which is the very reason that carriers are happy to provide service levels as low as a five-hour fix. This is critical because businesses rely on internet and cloud-based services, and downtime on internet circuits can render staff and business processes redundant.


Leased lines are also the only connectivity with built-in scalability. Upon placing the order, you will select your required bandwidth for use today and the bearer bandwidth, which is the maximum you can scale to without the need to install additional capacity.


Typically, bearer speeds will be 100Mbps, 1Gbps or 10Gbps with the initial speed usually being a minimum of one 10th of the bearer. For example, you may order 100Mbps on a 1Gbps bearer, meaning that during the course of the agreed term, you can on-demand flex to a maximum of the bearer speed.


This is important because our reliance on internet-based data is growing year on year, so even if your company doesn’t expand in terms of personnel, its data usage is likely to. It also means that seasonal trends can be catered for by flexing to meet demand at busy periods, even if those periods are as short as a single day.


With speeds of up to 10Gbps delivered on non-contended circuits, end users can be sure of achieving the very highest speeds available and perhaps, more importantly, the bandwidth purchased is equal to that delivered. In other words, the caveats placed on other services are not applicable and the famous “up to” stated against internet speeds when quoting broadband is simply not there. Meaning you get what you pay for.


Given the above, it is easy to see why leased lines are the premium connectivity choice and should be used whenever businesses use the internet for mission-critical activities. These may include internet or cloud-based applications, such as Office 365, telephony or cloud backup, but also where the connection is the primary connection to other offices, remote workers, customers, suppliers or even banking.


Previously, leased lines had been regarded as too expensive for many businesses, but the prices have tumbled in recent years as more suppliers have come onto the market and the UK leased line infrastructure has grown.


If your business could benefit from this connectivity, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Thomas Holtom-Hattersley on 28/05/2019

Thomas has been with us since January 2019 and holds the position of cloud and connectivity consultant. His day-to-day responsibilities include contacting new and existing customers to provide services such as internet connectivity, cloud-based solutions, mobiles, Wi-Fi, data back up and the migration of phone lines.

Thomas has experience in sales and account management. Before joining us, he spent five years working in claims management.

His interests include football, golf and live music.

Contact: Thomas.Holtom-Hattersley@swcomms.co.uk

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