The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport launched the Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme in March 2018. They have committed £67m towards helping small business owners and the local communities surrounding them by contributing towards the cost of installing a gigabit-capable connection.
Businesses can claim up to £2,500 towards the cost of a Gigabit connection either individually or as part of a group project, subject to terms and conditions.
Is your business based in Wales? If so, you could qualify for an additional £3,000 towards the installation costs of Gigabit capable broadband. This incentive is being run by the Welsh Government.
Contact us today and find out if you qualify for a Gigabit Broadband Voucher.
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A leased line is a premium form of broadband, it offers your business dedicated internet connection, which means no more sharing with your neighbours.
If your business depends upon its broadband connection or requires high-powered connectivity, renting a leased line can help speed up and provide a reliable connection.
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When you become a leased line customer, you'll receive 24/7 support as standard.
Should a technical hitch occur, we'll credit you 1 day for every hour you're without service.
The majority of people are familiar with broadband, after all 89% of adults in Great Britain used the internet at least weekly in 2018! However, do you know the difference between a leased line and a standard broadband connection? No? You're not alone, that's why we want to help you understand what a leased line vs broadband offers you.
Leased line, which you may also hear being referred to as dedicated internet gives you a direct connection between the local exchange and your premises. A business leased line has a fixed bandwidth, giving you identical upload and download speeds helping to improve connectivity. In addition to this, you will not share your connection with any other users. One of the key factors to renting a leased line is the reliability and Service Level Agreement (SLAs).
With a leased line, should you be without service, you'll be up and running again within hours rather than days. We've chosen to work with an industry leading partner who guarantees 100% uptime as part of your SLA and should your connection unfortunately be down for a period of time, 1 day of credit will be applied to your account for every hour you are without service.
Business broadband is very much like a home broadband connection, it's not a dedicated connection. Your internet connection is delivered from the cabinet, which you will have seen, one of those green boxes that you often see at the side of the road. This then travels to the exchange and then onto your premises, which is shared with everyone else from the cabinet! With business broadband you will find the bandwidth varies hour-to-hour and day-to-day.
This is due to the fact that the connection is being shared with other users and not a dedicated line.
Broadband is asymmetric, which means it does not have equal download and upload speeds. With broadband you will generally find that download speeds are faster than the upload speeds.
Both types of internet connection are carried through cable, with the main differences being that you get the following when renting a leased line;
A Gigabit connection is the next generation of internet service. Gigabit broadband is delivered via full fibre optic lines, providing speeds of 1,000Mbps, known as 1Gbps.
Gigabit internet is 100 times faster than your average broadband connection, giving you the ability to download 100 songs or photos in just 3 seconds or a HD movie in 7 seconds!
This is great news for businesses, 1Gb can support 100 users online from a single connection without any lag. This will be music to business owners and IT support ears, as connectivity interruption will literally diminish. No more jolty conference calls or workforce grinding to a halt.
There are a number of additional benefits to renting a leased line, including the following freebies;
You can also opt for a hosted and CPE managed firewall.
Did you know there are multiple different types of leased line options? We've complied an overview to help you understand what leased lines are available and the difference between them.
If you're looking for the best a leased line has to offer, then look no further. Fibre Ethernet is the ultimate leased line providing exceptional experience in performance and resilience. Guaranteed data transfer with connectivity speeds from 10Mbps up to 1Gbps.
This high-speed dedicated internet connection is enterprise-class quality, ensuring that your business won't be let down. What's more its scalable bandwidth means it can grow with you as your business does.
Ethernet over FTTC gives you business-class connectivity. This is generally the cheapest type of leased line option. Providing a cost-effective way to provide your business with a dedicated internet line. It's a great solution for businesses of smaller sizes who require exceptional connectivity.
A symmetrical bandwidth, meaning that your download and upload speeds will be equal. Broadband speeds for EoFTTC range from 2Mbps up to 20Mbps. Typically delivered over copper using Fibre (FTTC) infrastructure.
Ethernet in the first mile (EFM) is the next step up from EoFTTC. An EFM dedicated internet line transfers data using multiple copper pairs instead of fibre. Resulting in a cost effective ethernet leased line that provides exceptional resilience and quick delivery of data.
Bandwidth is available from 1Mbps up to 35Mbps, which is scalable as your business grows. You internet connection will offer the same download and upload speeds with its symmetrical bandwidth.
Leased line speeds are available from 1Mb to 10Gb, which is a huge range to decide between. Quite often businesses don't know what internet speed they require, which is where we can help. By understanding your business, it's current requirements and future needs, we can help find the most effective solution.
A bearer forms part of your leased line, it's often referred to as the silent bandwidth waiting in the background for you to use should you need it. In simple terms, the bearer provides the maximum limit that your dedicated line can reach.
For example if you have a 10Mb leased line and your bearer is 100Mb, you have the ability to upgrade your leased line to 100Mb. However, if your bearer is only 10Mb you would not be able to upgrade. In this instance, you would be required to purchase another leased line connection.
To future proof your business make sure your bearer allows you to scale up your connection.
From £230 a month your business can have a direct internet point-to-point symmetric leased line, offering a broadband speed of 100Mb/100Mb.
Every business has different requirements and costs will vary depending on what you need. We've partnered with experts in leased lines to ensure that your needs are fully understood and met when taking out a leased line.
We're so confident that we won't be beaten on price that we've introduced our Price Match Guarantee. We guarantee that we'll match any like for like quotation provided. (Subject to terms and conditions)
The main disadvantage of a leased line in the cost in comparison to a standard broadband connection. However, the service that you receive with a dedicated internet line is far greater and offers your business a service level agreement that is undoubtable.
Here are BusinessComparison we like to ensure business owners are getting the best deal. That’s why we only work with approved partners, who guarantee to bring you the best solution for you and your business. Use our leased line comparison service online and we will help save you time and money.