Fibre Broadband vs Leased Lines: Who’s the winner in 2017?
Over recent times broadband speeds have increased and the cost of leased lines has decreased. This means both fibre broadband and leased lines can provide you with a reliable, cost-effective and high-speed connection. But which is truly the best solution for your business?
The right choice for business
Passing comment on which is the better internet solution is tough as each solution has their positives and negatives. The type of connection that’s best for a certain business depends on a number of things. This includes how many users your business has as well as the importance of providing a secure and effective solution that supports your business critical applications and operations such as VoIP. On top of these, price (like always) is also going to be a determining factor.
What is a Leased Line?
A leased line is a symmetrical, uncontended connection that connects your business directly using fibre cables, missing out the street cabinet altogether. Leased lines are considered the pinnacle of internet connectivity.
As well as traditional Ethernet leased lines being available, there is now also the option for a wireless leased line. This provides all of the benefits of a traditional leased line but can help to save on construction and engineering costs.
What is fibre broadband?
Fibre broadband promises super-fast speeds that accommodate for your everyday internet needs. The connection is provided via fibre-optic cables which allow for faster data transfer as opposed to traditional copper lines. Fibre broadband is the latest advancement in broadband technology and the process of upgrading from standard ADSL is now easy.
Explaining the cost of a leased line
When looking at the price of a leased line (compared to that of any kind of broadband connection), it’s important to remember that although the two both provide an internet connection, they’re not the same whatsoever.
It’s true that across the board leased lines are more expensive than broadband, but that’s for good reason. Firstly, with broadband the 80Mbps ‘up to’ speed is in no way guaranteed. It’s a rough estimate of the speed you’ll receive at the best possible time, meaning ‘peak times’ can have a huge impact on your bandwidth speeds.
With a leased line, your 50Mbps is 50Mbps, at all times. The connection is completely uncontended meaning that your speeds are not affected by high usage during peak times. What’s more, because this type of connection is an Ethernet solution, upload speeds and download speeds will be the same!
When pricing a leased line there are few key factors that come into play:
A huge part of a leased line’s cost is determined by the distance between your premises and the service providers POP (Point of Presence). The further the distance the higher the installation costs is likely to be; this can often be because construction work is required in order to fit the leased line.
The number of service providers and the competition that they create also has an impact on the price of a leased line. If your business is based in a rural area then the chances are the number of service providers fighting for your business will be lower; meaning the price of the leased line will be higher.
Clearly more bandwidth equals higher price. Providers will offer a vast selection of bandwidth speeds on their connections, so ensure you take a full look at these before deciding what’s best for your business.
Is a leased line right for your business?
Number of users
Does your business have 20+ employees who rely on internet connectivity? If so a leased line may be a good option for you. If you have a network that is accessed by your employees, or partners, then a leased line could improve user experience and productivity on this network.
If your internet connection is likely to be used for general, everyday tasks such as email and surfing the web then fibre broadband may be a better option. If you’re going to be using the internet to transfer, send or upload large amounts of, or critical data then a leased line would be more suitable.
How damaging would it be if your business lost its internet connection? Let’s rephrase that; how much money would it cost your business if your connection failed? If the internet is a critical part of your business operation; meaning you couldn’t function without it, then installing a leased line is the right option. All DuoCall leased are supported by our 99.9% SLA to provide maximum up-time. ADSL back is also in place to provide extra peace of mind.
Fibre broadband vs leased lines: who’s the winner in 2017?
To conclude, it’s nigh on impossible to directly compare these two connections. Yes they can both provide you with high-speed internet, but at the end of the day they cater to different business needs.
If you want a cost effective solution for minimal users who are carrying out simple tasks, then fibre broadband should do the job. If you’re providing a connection to a large number of users who will be transferring vast amounts of data and video conferencing, then consider a leased line.
It’s also worth taking into account that leased lines can do more than just provide you with an internet connection. There are certain applications that can run via a leased line that don’t require web access; such as voice and video services.