The differences between a Leased Line and Fibre Broadband made simple
When it comes to choosing an Internet connection for your business, there is a fair amount of choice between the technology used, cost and speed. The most common choice when it comes to an Internet connection for a business is normally between having a Leased Line or Fibre Broadband.
So the questions are, what are they, and how to differ from each other?
Let us begin a Leased Line. A Leased Line is like having a dedicated pipe, just for your business to use, direct to the Internet. Rather than having to go through a shared network, it’s simple for you and your business to use. This means you get dedicated connection speeds, a better guarantee of uptime and better support should things go wrong (as it’s a more expensive solution, they will make you a priority).
The connection speed of the Leased Line, will vary based on what’s available to you in your area and how much you want to spend. Whatever package you choose though, you get the same upload speed, as your download speed. Generally, Internet speeds are measured by the download speed, but more many businesses, the upload speed is equally important. It’s important as it’s a key factor in the performance of some cloud services, VOIP phone systems and the experience of remote workers will be better, the quicker the upload speed.
As a Leased Line is overall the better performing product, it’s more expensive. You may have to pay a fair old whack to get it installed (there are some government funding schemes to help with this) and the monthly cost tends to be “hundreds” per month. If the connection is king to your business though, and you have the budget, go for it!
Fibre Broadband (I’m talking about business-grade products here, not consumer) again can provide good Internet speeds. Typically you may find you can get 80Mb download speed (which is very good in simple terms), along with 20Mb upload speed (which is decent), which isn’t to be sniffed at. The speeds just mentioned are exactly what we have at Lucid Towers, and we use a number of cloud services, we have tech’s who regularly download large files and our phone system is VOIP (which means it uses the Internet connection) and it’s perfectly fine for us.
As our Fibre is a business product, we still get really responsive support (but not as responsive as having a Leased Line), and as we’re techie ourselves, it’s not often we’d need this. The key difference, aside from the upload speed, is the cost. Fibre Broadband will be significantly cheaper than a Leased Line. A reliable, Unlimited Fibre Broadband which is business-grade averages around £40 a month, which in my humble opinion is peanuts.
In summary, each business will vary in its requirements for its Internet connection. It’s worth exploring both, having a budget in mind and seeing where that takes you. The quicker the better is always a good thing to remember!
Gavin Moorhouse is the owner of Lucid Computer Solutions Ltd, who have a speedy Internet connection at Lucid Towers based in Redditch, Worcestershire. Feel free to reach out to see if we can give you some advice on your requirements.