Leased Line
A leased line is a dedicated Fibre or Ethernet Connection into your building, boasting speeds of up to 10Gbps per second. The huge advantage of a leased line is that, unlike Fixed Line Broadband, the upstream is the same as the downstream. They also usually come with much better Service Level Agreements (SLAs) but are a more expensive, premium broadband option. If you’re totally reliant on your internet connection, they provide the best option.

We can provide Fibre and Ethernet circuits over the UK networks of Virgin Media (where available), SSE (where available) and BT/Openreach (available nationwide). Leased Lines also have the advantages that the bandwidth you receive is not shared, the 1Gbps you order is dedicated to you – unlike fixed line broadband, where bandwidth might be shared between multiple people.

What if it goes wrong?

SLAs on Leased Line Circuits are usually much better than Fixed Line Broadband and are often financially guaranteed. In this type of SLA, In the event that your broadband outage continues beyond a set period, you’ll start to receive money back; the onus is on the supplier to start fixing it quick!

From Openreach, we can also offer Resilience Option 1 (RO1) and Resilience Option 2 (RO2). These come at an additional cost, but both options provide a backup redundant path if the cable coming in to your building is damaged. RO1 provides a single circuit, but with 2 diversely routed fibre paths, aiming to remove as many single points of failure as possible. RO2 provides two service boxes, two independent entry points into the building and two lines and a true ‘resilience’ plan where Openreach planners try to achieve totally separate routing for the two circuits. That means, if one is damaged at any point, you can easily switch to the other one.

Managed or unmanaged?

We can offer both.

Managed is similar to your normal business router (although it doesn’t have WiFi built in), and unmanaged is where the service is just provided on an ethernet cable. It really depends on what you’re doing with your leased line, and how you want to connect it to your network.

What else do I need to consider?

It’s possible you’ll need to consider Excess Construction Charges (ECC’s). Depending on the distance from the nearest fibre point on the carrier network, there also may be additional charges to pay to carry the fibre or ethernet into your building. Usually, networks allow up to around £3,000 to pay for these works; and any amount over this must be covered by the end user.

Don’t forget, certain businesses can claim up to £2,500 (as of April 2019) towards these charges from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. These can only be used towards the construction costs but may make it more affordable. See more info – https://gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk/

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