Introduction to Leased Lines
Introduction to Leased Lines
Are you tired of your slow internet connection? Most organisations can benefit greatly from implementing leased lines - a dedicated, fixed bandwidth connection that gives you uncontested internet access. Let’s take a closer look at what leased lines are and how it can benefit your business.
What is a leased line?
In short, a leased line is used to connect two different locations together.
While the first location is often your head office, the second location is typically a data centre or another branch of your organisation.
Leased lines connectivity is a business-oriented alternative to a standard broadband solution, and it gives your organisation an unrestricted and uncontested access internet access which is designed to be both faster and more stable than a regular connection.
With many organisations using mission-critical services which are reliant on persistent network connectivity, investing in a leased line could be sensible both in terms of cost effectiveness as well as to ensure business continuity.
What are the differences between broadband and a leased line?
We typically say that broadband -including fibre broadband - is an internet connection that is shared with other users. While this is fine for home use, it can be a clear disadvantage for your organisation: the more people online at the same time means the more demand that is placed on the connection. With a broadband, you cannot control the speed and at peak times you’re almost guaranteed to see performance drop.
A leased line, on the other hand, is solely for your use. You can therefore expect a fast and reliable service - regardless of the time of day.
How can you use a leased line?
A standard domestic or business broadband connection will see multiple customers sharing the same infrastructure at the nearest telephone exchange. And depending on the contention ratio, peak periods of use can lead to the service falling considerably short of its advertised maximum speed.
In a nutshell, you can use leased lines to
- Connect to the internet and receive a faster speed than bandwidth advertised
- Links computers and servers in different locations
- Carry phone calls via VOiP
Bandwidth is a valuable commodity these days, and it’s one which can be quickly compromised when numerous broadband customers attempt to get online at the very same time. And while a home internet connection might mean that it takes a little while for a video to buffer - which is a relatively minor annoyance to most - for businesses this digital congestion could seriously hamper productivity and may lead to tangible losses over time.
The Benefits of Leased Lines
Unlike home internet connections, the bandwidth available does not fail you during peak times. This means that you can continue to upload data at a fast speed - entirely without any delays. Leased lines are perfect for
- Sending large files
- Uploading data
- Run backups
- Host websites on a local server
Leased lines eliminate the need to share a line with any other customers, with a 1:1 contention ratio ensuring that the only traffic generated is your own. This is the chief benefit of investing in this solution.
Are you looking to get a leased lines project underway? Our experts here at SAS can provide you with a shortlist of suitable leased lines partners for your business. And the best thing - our service is completely non-chargeable and there’s no obligation to proceed with our selected vendors. So what are you waiting for?
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