Leased Lines Explained
At Glide Business, we supply from our own fibre network, that provides a dedicated Leased Line connection to improve business’ internet. But, just what is a Leased Line and what can they do for your business? Here’s our handy guide to understanding Leased Lines lingo.
What is a ‘Leased Line’?
A Leased Line is a term used to describe a dedicated internet access line. In simple terms, it is a dedicated line that runs straight to your business and not via the local street cabinet.
This means you’re not sharing your internet connection with other businesses on the trading estate or business park. Instead, you’re getting dedicated, reliable and fast internet direct to your business.
But not all Leased Lines are created equal.
In fact, if your business relies on fast broadband and download speeds then a Fibre Leased Line is exactly what you need. Fibre Leased Lines can offer up to 100 mbit/s of ultrafast broadband, which will help you turn up the notch when it comes to productivity and enabling your business to work more efficiently.
Things to keep in mind with Leased Lines
Leased Lines aren’t for everyone. So keep in mind these factors when it comes to crunch time:
1. What is your business?
It sounds like an odd question to ask, but it’s one that really has an impact on the Leased Lines discussion. That’s why we’ll ask about the nature of your business, if you use cloud solutions like Office 365 or VoIP, and what your future digital infrastructure might require.
2. Budget is key
We’re not teaching you to suck eggs, but it’s an obvious thing to consider. The reality is that business broadband can often appear to be a more expensive choice, but it’s one that comes with many added benefits (a lot of which you’ll find a little ways down the page). If you budget for a quality business connection but you’re not getting it, then maybe it's time to shake things up.
3. What’s your download speed?
It’s important to know your current download speeds. Quite frankly, businesses aren’t getting the speeds they need, or told they’re getting. Check out your current speeds using our handy speed test to help you figure that out.
4. Who is supplying your connection?
At Glide, we are one of few AltNets who have invested in our fibre infrastructure, rather than just simply reselling somebody else's. What’s more, we're deploying in areas previously neglected by other, coming to the rescue of businesses and liberating them from poor connectivity. Our engineers have installed fibre across the land, resulting in over 100,000 business premises being covered by our network, and that makes a world of difference when it comes to choosing a Leased Line provider for your business.
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Copper vs Fibre Leased Lines - breaking down the connectivity
So what is the difference between copper and fibre when it comes to leased lines? If you've ever found yourself asking this question, we're finally here to give you an answer.
Copper Leased Lines
Copper Leased Lines offer a dedicated connection that gives your business high quality, synchronous bandwidth and uncontended internet access. In essence, it means your business’ broadband speed will be consistent because you don’t have to share with your neighbours - it’s OK to take care of number one every now and again!
Because copper Leased Lines are completely dedicated to your business, it reduces the risk of the internet dropping off, which can affect anything from completing sales, communicating with customers and being reactive to your social media and other digital marketing activities.
At Glide Business, when we install your Copper Leased Line we don’t skimp on providing you higher quality. No siree, in fact, we install two Leased Lines.
That little addition means big things for your business. Why? In the very unlikely event that one of your Leased Lines goes down, that extra back-up line would kick in automatically meaning that your business can continue to run at full capacity. Nice!
And when it’s all said and done, practicalities often decide a lot when it comes to business. Good thing that Copper Leased Lines’ key benefit is that that they can be installed in as little as two weeks. Copper can offer speeds of up to 40mb/s, which is plenty for some small businesses.
Fibre Leased Lines
Fibre Leased Lines are perfect for businesses who need a bit more from their connection.
Depending on your business (and budget) you might need a service that offers unlimited bandwidth and a data transfer allowance to boot to make sure you will never receive an extra charge for exceeding your monthly allowance.
Fibre fully future proofs your business too. Faster broadband enables your digital infrastructure to be better positioned for future technology, which usually requires a high-quality connection
As with Copper Leased Lines, fibre offers a completely dedicated service straight to your premises. So, you won’t be sharing your broadband, and with fibre you’ll receive synchronous speeds of up to 10 Gbit/s, along with our 24/7 UK based technical support, making it the gold standard of business broadband in the UK.
You may be thinking… "This all sounds great, but how expensive will a Fibre Leased Line be to install?"". It could cost you nothing!
Glide Business are a proud supplier of the government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme, and that means your business could receive £2,500 off the installation of ultrafast broadband.
What does your business need?
There isn’t a 'one size fits all' option when it comes to business connectivity, which is why with Glide Business, we offer a range of products, services, and speeds to suit any business.
Broadband and connectivity is key to businesses in 2019, but that type of connectivity is really up to you.
We connect businesses across the country of all shapes, sizes and commercial needs. With our consultative approach, we get to the heart of what you need.
Let’s shake up your business broadband
Interested in finding find out more? We’ve got plenty of options for you.
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Looking for a cost-effective way of upgrading your business connectivity? Stop by our Gigabit Voucher Scheme knowledge hub to learn about the Government’s offer of £2,500 off ultrafast broadband.