Connectivity to the Internet is often taken for granted. Internet access holds a significant place as the primary, and in most cases, the sole communication link for business establishments. It serves as the foundation for various essential activities in modern business, including email communication, virtual meetings, phone systems, remote work arrangements, web portals, and other core operations.
In evaluating new premises or planning for business expansion, one should consider fast and reliable Internet access as a top priority.
Broadband links are readily available and cost-effective but they come with several drawbacks.
Broadband connections lack a service level agreement (SLA) or a guaranteed fix time in case of faults. In contrast, leased lines offer a financially backed SLA with a maximum fix time, providing customers with the assurance of swift fault resolution. This arrangement also leads to a more resilient and reliable network technology, as suppliers are incentivized to deliver dependable services.
Broadband connections do not guarantee specific speeds, and the achievable speed varies based on the physical location of the premises. Leased lines assure customers that the selected service's entire bandwidth will be consistently available. The SLA for leased line services includes provisions for latency, ensuring prompt resolution of any service degradation.
Broadband links are contended, meaning the available bandwidth is shared with other local users or individuals utilizing the same provider. Leased lines, being dedicated links to customer premises, do not face contention issues.
Leased lines offer symmetric bandwidth, providing equal levels of upload and download bandwidth. For businesses, sending data to the Internet (uploading) is often as crucial as receiving data from the Internet (downloading). Broadband links frequently feature low upload speeds, hindering productivity and communication and collaboration efforts.
The deployment of a leased line involves running a dedicated fibre optic cable from the local point of presence (usually located in the nearest telephone exchange) to the customer premises. At the premises, this fibre cable connects to a termination device, linked to the Internet Service Provider (ISP) router, which, in turn, is connected to a firewall.
The bearer of a leased line circuit represents the maximum available throughput. Standard deployments now offer 1000Mbps (Megabits per second) bearers, with 200Mbps bandwidth being the most attractively priced option. These circuits can be remotely upgraded to provide up to 1000Mbps, with the bearer acting as a pipe, and bandwidth determining how much the tap is turned on to fill the pipe.
Leased lines typically require longer minimum contract terms compared to broadband circuits. However, the benefit of this arrangement is that there are generally no upfront deployment costs. Deploying leased lines may have a more extended lead time from the ordering stage to going live, emphasizing the importance of businesses planning ahead for their leased line needs.
Albacore specializes in deploying leased lines and providing support for firewalls, as well as wireless and wired network infrastructure. This ensures that company devices can effectively utilize Internet connectivity. Interested parties can contact Albacore for a no-obligation on-site evaluation and consultation, taking the next step in enhancing their business connectivity.