Leased Lines

Find out how a leased line will benefit your business by keeping up

with increasing data demands.


Dedicated internet access with guaranteed speed and service levels

A leased line is a private Ethernet connection which provides the highest level of performance. Unlike with broadband, bandwidth is not shared with anyone else, so speeds are guaranteed.

Whether you opt for Ethernet over fibre to the cabinet (EoFTTC), Ethernet First Mile (EFM) or Ethernet over fibre – Our Ethernet solutions are perfect for businesses that rely on the strength of their data connection.

Each of our Ethernet solutions provides dedicated internet access with guaranteed speeds and service level agreements that offer rapid response times. Accompanied by a minimum up-time guarantee 24/7, giving you our commitment to keeping your business’s internet connection up and running.

Ethernet also offers reliability, security and symmetrical download and upload speeds, making it ideal for large data transfers, video conferencing, smooth and seamless VoIP calls and accessing cloud-based services.

Does your business rely on the cloud?

Do you have operations across more than one site?

Are you frequently frustrated by your current internet connection?

Would your business suffer badly if you were to lose your connection?

If you answered yes to any of these questions then maybe it’s time you thought about getting a leased line.

What is a leased line?

Firstly and most significantly, a leased line is synchronous so you get the same transfer speed for data in both directions. If you have systems in the cloud, it means many of your critical business processing may be reliant upon having an internet connection, so this equal speed is a significant advantage. It also makes for more reliable use of communication services such as video calling and VoIP telephony which are increasingly used to reduce business communication costs.

Ethernet first mile (EFM) leased lines use a combination of linked pairs of cables and clever signal processing technology to deliver fast speeds over a conventional copper circuit. There are also fibre carrier (or Ethernet over fibre) leased lines.

This means that you get guaranteed download speeds compared to a broadband connection. While the speeds may not seem ultra-quick in the light of some broadband offerings, having a dedicated circuit makes a big difference to everyday usability.

You also get faster upload speeds thanks to the synchronous circuit. In the age of the cloud where many of your critical business systems may be reliant upon an internet connection, this is a big advantage. It also makes for more reliable video calling and VoIP telephony.

You don’t have to worry about contention when using a leased line. The circuit is reserved for your use only, so the connection won’t slow down due to higher demand from other people at peak times. This is a key consideration for internet-based businesses, especially if you intend running your own in-house web servers where a fast connection in both directions is crucial. This also means that there are no usage caps on the amount of data you can transfer, so at the busiest times, you are not going to face an unexpected bill for going over your data allowance at the end of the month.


Another disadvantage is the length of time needed to install a circuit. Because broadband uses an existing telephone line to deliver its service, it can be installed relatively quickly. A leased line, in contrast, will require a new circuit to be installed. This means some work is likely to be required to hook up your premises to the service provider’s network. It can, therefore, take several months to get a leased line installed compared to just weeks for broadband. If you’re planning on relocating your business, it’s vital to plan ahead. 

Business advantages of leased lines

So, why is a leased line likely to be a better choice for your business? For small businesses, it may not be, but once you have a few employees using your systems, or you have more than one location to serve, then a leased line starts to look like a more attractive proposition.

It will be able to deliver better connection speeds at all times of day, so you’ll have no concerns about slowdowns if you’re working outside normal office hours. If you’re using the cloud either to store data or to run systems – whether office systems or business packages – then you more than ever need a reliable connection. If you’re unable to access your systems then you’ll be losing trade and losing money.

Should your business have several sites relying upon a central data centre for their computing needs, then a leased line also makes a lot of sense. The asynchronous nature of the connection makes it easier and quicker to transfer large files between your sites, and it will be better for data-hungry cloud applications. It’s also good for Internet-based communication such as video calling and VoIP phone calls which are increasingly popular with businesses looking to keep down calling costs

You need to consider reliability either. Because leased line services are business focused, they tend to come with guaranteed levels of service. The support is also designed to recognise that the service is essential for your business and that you need to get up and running again quickly in the event of a problem.  Of course, there are some disadvantages of leased lines. The first is cost, although they have become cheaper in recent times leased lines are still quite a bit more expensive than broadband services. Exact costs will depend on your location and therefore the length of the circuit involved, as well as the type of circuit required.

Signing a longer contract may help you to get a better price, provided that this won’t cause problems for your business in the long term. But of course the costs has to be offset against the advantages, so you need to take a careful look at how your operation will benefit from a leased line and talk to leased line providers.

Ethernet Over FTTC
Leased Lines
  • Guaranteed Speeds

  • Up to 19 Mbps Download Speed

  • Up to 19 Mbps Upload Speed

  • Unlimited Download Limit

  • 24/7 UK-based support and customer

  • Free Static IP

  • Free Installation  (subject to term & site survey)

Ethernet First Mile (EFM)
Leased Lines

  • Guaranteed Speeds

  • Up to 35 Mbps Download Speed

  • Up to 35 Mbps Upload Speed

  • Unlimited Download Limit

  • 24/7 UK-based support and customer

  • Free Static IP

  • Free Installation  (subject to term & site survey)

Leased Lines

  • Guaranteed Speeds

  • Up to 10 Gbps Download Speed

  • Up to 10 Gbps Upload Speed

  • Unlimited Download Limit

  • 24/7 UK-based support and customer

  • Free Static IP

  • Free Installation  (subject to term & site survey)

Like to discuss how a Leased Line can benefit your business?

We will beat any comparable quote 

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