What is a Leased Line?

While many people automatically think of broadband when they think of connecting to the internet; it’s not the only option available. In fact, there’s a better alternative to businesses and an option which could enhance business communications.

Broadband tends to be catered towards residential properties and consumer homes, whereas a leased line is tailored to businesses. A leased line connection offers a business dedicated connectivity meaning that only your business will use your connection.

As broadband is widely available for domestic properties and residential use, the way it works is catered to that environment, meaning businesses can sometimes suffer from the lack of integration. However, a leased line was created solely for business use, often making it the perfect fit for businesses who’re looking for a reliable and robust connectivity solution.

Broadband connects to your business using a public network and, as it says in the name, it’s used by thousands of members of the general public. This often puts restraints on the speeds available and how many people can use the network at any one time.

Leased line however, is a data circuit which connects your business premises directly to your internet service provider’s (ISP) data centre. It’s a connection that you ‘lease’ for your business to use exclusively and there are plenty of benefits with a leased line.

Firstly, and possibly most importantly, to a business is that a leased line is synchronous so you’ll get the same transfer speeds in both directions. It’s particularly important if you have systems hosted within the cloud as the synchronous speeds give you a significant advantage when it comes to the reliable use of communication services such as video calling and VoIP telephony.

An additional advantage to synchronous speeds is that you’ll get guaranteed download speeds, something you don’t get with broadband services. This can make a huge difference in terms of everyday usage within a business and, when combined with the faster upload speeds synchronous circuits provider, you’ll get an all-round faster, more reliable connection.

Contention is also a worry you can eradicate should you switch to a leased line connection. Using a leased line means you’ll be the only ones using it so it won’t slow down due to higher demand from others during peak times. If you’re a business using your own in-house web servers where a fast, reliable connection in both directions is crucial; a leased line should be a key consideration.

Using a leased line also allows for unlimited data transfers at any time so, even at the end of your busiest month, you won’t be faced with an unexpected bill for going over your data allowance.

Reliability isn’t an issue with a leased line either. Because leased line services are business focused, they come with service level agreements guaranteed so that you’ll be back up and running as soon as possible should you ever encounter a fault.

In conclusion, a leased line solution should be a consideration for any business looking to enhance its business communications or any business which is looking for a reliable, robust and fast connection which only its own employees can access.

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