Leased line providers are gathering momentum to meet high-speed networking demands of business owners
Online services have become an essential part of life, and 24/7 access to the Internet is now as natural as access to electricity or water supply. Running a business without it is virtually unthinkable, but how can you be sure your Internet service provider (ISP) is the optimal choice? Chances are, it is – if you are using top-notch fiber cable connections from one of the leased line providers. If not, you may want to reconsider your options.
The Existing Broadband Technologies
There are several technologies in use today that provide broadband access to the Internet. One of the most popular options is ADSL – a digital switched technology that provides high-speed data transmission over the public telephone network. This type of broadband connection has been replacing dial-up connection in many parts of the world for obvious reasons: it provides higher speed, it is always on, and does not require exclusive use of the phone line.At the moment it is the most popular type of the Internet access in many countries.
However, while it is a cost-effective solution for home and home office users, its capacity, security and reliability do not always meet higher business demands.
On the contrary, a leased line connection offers better reliability, security and higher speed ideal for such applications as voice and multimedia communications. Leased lines providers do not rely on existing copper wiring of the public telephone network: it uses dedicated fiber optic cables to connect your premises to the local exchange. Not only does this mean transmission at 10 Gbps and higher, it also allows you to avoid maintenance works that are unavoidable if you rely on copper wires of the public telephone network.
The Benefits of Leased Line Providers
As mentioned above, a leased line has a number of advantages compared to ADSL technology. These include (but are not limited to) better speed, security, and reliability.
Let’s have a closer look at these features.
– Higher Speed
First, it is important to note that unlike ADSL, a leased line provides equal upload and download speed. It is vital for applications that require large amount of uploads, such as voice communications used for teleconferencing and cloud data storage. Second, ADSL technology has limited capacity: it takes more than 12 minutes to download 1 GB over an average ADSL connection at 10 Mbps. Compare this to leased line connection at 1 Gbps (8 seconds) or 10 Gbps (1 second).
– Reliability and Scalability
As mentioned above, copper wires are less reliable and require lengthy and frequent maintenance works. They are also susceptible to electric interference that is a non-issue for optical fiber used by leased line providers.
Copper wiring has limited capacity, and it may require costly upgrades in the future: even now the ever-growing speed of data transmission make this technology lag behind. On the contrary, optical fiber cables used in leased lines can transmit terabytes of data per second. Think years ahead!
Although leased line providers do not guarantee 100% protection against cyber attacks, dedicated connection offers significantly better protection of your data. The reason is simple:with a leased line, data connection occurs between different points controlled by your business, whereas ADSL broadband connection means sharing your information with public networks.
That said, right now dedicated connection is the best option for any business that requires high-speed reliable connection, and scaling your existing network in the future will inevitably require a leased line.