The Advantages of Leased Lines for Small Businesses
The majority of businesses are reliant upon the internet. Without it, few could function efficiently. As a result of this reliance, many small businesses are exploring their options when it comes to their internet connection. We believe that in most instances, a leased line is the best option. In this blog post, we take a look at the advantages of leased lines.
Dedicated internet connection.
The main advantage of a leased line is that it is a dedicated internet connection. Other local businesses and residents do not share your leased line internet connection. This is unlike broadband or fibre. As a result of this, leased lines have fixed bandwidth, which doesn’t fluctuate at peak times. In other words, the internet won’t go slower at busiest times of the day!
Service level agreements.
Another major advantage of a leased line are service level agreements (SLAs). These agreements dictate the minimum level of service you can expect from your provider. They also outline the level of compensation on offer, in the event of a fault. Therefore, should you have an issue, that isn’t rectified promptly, you will be aware of what compensation to expect. Most other internet connections will offer limited compensation, if at all, in the event of a problem.
Higher upload speeds.
When businesses consider an internet service, they seldom consider upload speeds. Domestic internet services have much higher download speeds compared to upload speeds. With a leased line, however, these speeds are identical, which is a massive advantage. Upload speeds determine how quickly you can send data. The higher your upload speed, the more efficient (and quicker) the overall connection is. In the workplace this means it’s easier to send emails, access data on servers and make VoIP calls.
What are the disadvantages of leased lines?
Whilst we believe that leased lines have a number of advantages for small businesses, they are not suitable for all. Nor are they without their faults.
Due to the advantages of leased lines, there is a noticeable price difference when compared to alternative internet connections. Almost all leased lines will cost more than £100/month. Prices range on a number of factors, but they are not as cheap as more common means of internet service.
What’s more, a leased line requires a site survey. A site survey ensures it is possible to provide a leased line in the first place. In metropolitan areas, this site survey isn’t usually an issue. Other than a wait of a few weeks, most results come back positive and with minimal additional costs – if any. However, for more rural businesses, it can sometimes cause issues. If the infrastructure isn’t currently available in your location, there is a cost to make it available. This can often be fairly hefty.