Bandwidth demand in businesses throughout the UK is expanding exponentially. As a result, many companies are growing beyond broadband and installing a fibre leased line to their business premises.
But which is the ideal leased line provider for your business? You’ve probably heard of BT, Virgin and TalkTalk. Below, our business telecoms experts report on these well-known providers and review the best of the rest.
TalkTalk have several types of ethernet access solutions: EoFTTC Internet access, EFM Internet access and Ethernet Access Direct. The bottom line - TalkTalk is a quality, cost effective, alternative to BT and should be a consideration for any UK business.
Colt's leased line service is called Ethernet Line and offers bandwidth speeds from 2Mbps to 40Gbps. The bottom line - if you're in London, Manchester or Birmingham you should be getting a Colt leased line quote.
BT offer 2 leased line products BTnet Express and BTnet. BTnet Express is a light version of the BTnet product offering up to 30Mbps of bandwidth from £225.00/month. BTnet is from £467.00/month for 100Mbps and offers speeds of up to 10Gbps. The bottom line - if you have the budget and can afford it, BT is hard to beat.
Virgin have 2 leased line products, Managed Internet Access (Lite) and Managed Internet Access (Configurable). Managed Internet Access (Lite) offers up to 30Mbps and Managed Internet Access (Configurable) offers multi gigabit upload and download speeds. The bottom line - cheap but beware of additional charges. Not recommended if you're on a strict timeframe.
Vodafone offer 2 leased line services, Dedicated Internet Access and Ethernet Access. Dedicated Internet Access offers 10Mbps to 10Gbps of business internet access. Ethernet Access is a leased line service for mutli-site networks. The bottom line - avoid Vodafone at all cost!
SSE's leased line product is called Extreme Internet Access which offers speeds from 100Mbps to 10Gbps over the SSE MPLS network. The bottom line - SSE might be worth a try, but it's likely they'll be beaten on price by TalkTalk and Virgin.
CityFibre are a UK wide leased line provider with a rapidly expanding network in 40 cities.
Offers wired and wireless leased lines throughout the UK.
Zen operate over 400 leased line points of presence (PoP) throughout the UK.
Fluidata don't own a network. They sell leased lines on 16 other vendor's networks.
Exponential-e have a 100Gig fibre leased line network which is particularly competitive in Central London.
Daisy Group are a leased line provide that do not own their own network, they sell 3rd party networks to create a fibre solution.