What if I need faster speeds from my business broadband?
Some larger businesses or companies using critical applications will need greater speeds and 24/7 customer support to minimise any potential loss of revenue. Reliable business broadband can be the difference in losing large amounts of revenue should your company experience any outages in internet connection.
Whilst looking for the fastest broadband speed, many do not realise they may be looking for something called a leased line connection. A leased line offers businesses a dedicated data connection. The word ‘dedicated’ refers to the fact that the bandwidth you agree on with your supplier is reserved for your business only. This means you are guaranteed consistent upload and download speeds without any downtime.
Why choose full-fibre broadband?
Despite the obvious benefits of speed and greater reliability, the old copper wire connections (ADSL) are being switched off. Upgrading your broadband to full-fibre will help you future proof your business.
Similar to the old analogue TV switch off, old internet connections will become obsolete. What is known as the 'PSTN Switch-Off' will begin in 2025, and will happen gradually as certain geographic areas will start to become unavailable.
Many businesses are moving over to full-fibre to ensure they are not left without an internet connection.
Fibre Broadband vs Fibre Leased Lines
This is where things can get confusing as there are two types of broadband services that are commonly referred to as 'fibre'.
Fibre broadband provides high-speed Internet connectivity between two locations. This type of connection exists between the service provider location and your business.
Fibre Leased Line
Leased lines are similar to fibre. A leased-line is a network connection that you rent from the Internet service provider. The service connects two locations. These locations are usually your business premises and the providers' data centre. As it is a dedicated line, the fibre cable will only serve your company and is not shared with other users. This is where the difference is.
- The bandwidth on dedicated lines is consistent. You will not experience slower speeds during peak usage hours.
- Leased connections have symmetrical speeds. Businesses that use this type of line can upload data and download data at the same speed. Many companies who need to transfer large securely will benefit from a leased line.
- 24/7 support ensuring your business always has reliable internet access - partially useful if an internet outage could cost your company thousands.
- Leased business broadband costs can be anywhere from £150 to over £1,000 a month. It is expensive but it is a premium service with super-fast fibre, secure guaranteed speeds, unlimited data and 24/7 customer support.
- Installation can take anywhere from 30 to 90 days. Some businesses will wait for more than 3 months to secure a leased line.
- Installing a leased line connection can be complicated. There could be some disruption around your business premises as the dedicated line would need to be installed. Small businesses leasing their premises may need permission.
Wondering if your broadband connection would benefit from a leased line? If you would like to consider this further, including any technical and environmental factors, you can read more here.