A leased line service is dedicated to your business. This means that your business is not competing for bandwidth, as with other services like standard copper or fibre broadband. You can be absolutely certain that if you have purchased a 100Mbps leased line, then 100Mbps will be available for you to use. This is particularly important when you have bandwidth dependant applications like VOiP, cloud applications or a sizable user base.
A leased service is backed by stringent service guarantees. These guarantees cover features such as speed, availability, jitter, latency and packet loss. If the service provider does not meet the service level agreement (SLA) there are severe implications. The service provider can be forced to pay financial penalties. You can even terminate the agreement if necessary.
Upload & Download Speeds Are The Same
Leased line services have the same upload speed as download speed. This is called a symmetrical or synchronous bandwidth connection. There are several benefits of this symmetry:
- If remote users are accessing HQ hosted applications and content. They can download to, and access these HQ located services much faster and without drop outs.
- FTP and other remote web services have a far higher level of performance.
- It is quick to send and upload large files, CAD technical drawings, graphic designs etc
Upgrade & Downgrade Bandwidth Capacity Conveniently
Some providers offer the ability to upgrade and downgrade the capacity on a circuit with short notice. BTnet for example allow a bandwidth upgrade or downgrade with 72 hours notice. This means if your business is operating on a 20Mbps service over a 100Mbps bearer, you could increase to 30Mbps without requiring a fresh installation.