Leased Line Speeds & Leased Line Bearers: What’s the Difference?

What’s the most important aspect of an internet connection? Is it speed? Is it reliability? Is it latency? That’s something that’s definitely up for debate, but what we do know is that speed is becoming increasingly important. As technology has advanced, clients and consumers have come to expect a certain level of service and communication from the businesses they choose to work with, and this means that having the ability to transfer, recall, and share data efficiently has never been more vital.

Fibre leased lines are the fastest form of connection available in the UK today, but while speed is key, many businesses are still struggling to understand the complete ins and outs of leased line speeds. One essential factor that it’s a good idea to get to grips with is the difference between leased line speeds and leased line bearers and, more importantly, how these can be used to customise your connection.

  • ●A leased line speed– is the speed of data transfer that your business receives. With standard business broadband, the actual received speed is usually a little lower than the speed advertised by the internet service provider due to contention. However, with a fibre leased line, speed is guaranteed. It’s exactly what it says on the tin. This is your download speed AND upload speed.
  • ●A leased line bearer – speed is the speed of data transfer that the fibre leased line is capable of; it’s maximum speed of transfer. In some cases, the maximum speed transfer of the line may correspond to the received speed, especially if you’ve opted for a very fast service, such as a 10Gb leased line. Other times, the bearer might be capable of faster transfer than is required.

Customising Your Leased Line

When you choose to install a leased line, you’ll have many options that let you tailor your service to meet your needs more accurately; one of these options will be the size of the leased line bearer. Some businesses opt for a bearer that matches their upload and download speed requirements, and this is often the most cost effective way of leased line installation. However, other businesses opt for a bearer that is larger than what they require at the time. Why? It’s a technique known as ‘future proofing’.

Future Proofing Your Business

When you opt for a leased line bearer larger than what you currently need, you’re giving your business an opportunity to further grow and develop in the future. Imagine that a 20Mb leased line is suitable for your business right now. What’s going to happen 2 years down the line? 5 years down the line? A larger bearer makes it quick and easy to up your speed to meet your needs, while increasing the size of the bearer at a later date can not only be costly, but also time consuming due to construction work, too. In many cases, opting for a larger bearer can be a very suitable option for many emerging businesses.

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