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Which leased line is best for you?

Don’t worry. We can help you decide what is the best internet leased line product for your business. There are several leased line options to choose from and this website should be able to help you decide. To further help you, here is a table of the connection types, speeds, and who should buy what. If you are still stuck call us and we will happy to take you through the various leased line options and find the correct one for your business.

Client Service Technology Downstream Upstream Why?
Up to 20 Users (Small Office)
GEA (BT & TalkTalk) FTTC/P 20Mbps 20Mbps
TalkTalk EFM (2 Pair) EFM (G.SHDSL.bis) Adaptive ~10Mbps Adaptive ~10Mbps
BT Etherway Copper EFM (G.SHDSL.bis) 35Mbps 35Mbps
Although the BT Service can be considered the premium choice here, the competitive pricing upon the TalkTalk offering is often the deciding factor. That combined with a solid SLA to keep the client’s mind at rest.
21 – 80 Users (Medium Office)
BT Etherway Copper EFM (G.SHDSL.bis) 35Mbps 35Mbps
TalkTalk EFM (4 Pair) EFM (G.SHDSL.bis) Adaptive ~20Mbps Adaptive ~20Mbps
10Mbps Bearer Leased Line Pure Ethernet – Fibre 10Mbps 10Mbps
At this level of office, guaranteed connectivity is the name of the game. Currently, nothing touches the reliability of a pure ethernet service delivery on Fibre.
81+ Users (Large Office) 100Mbps or 1Gbps Bearer Leased Line Pure Ethernet – Fibre 100Mbps 100Mbps Once again for large offices, we’d only really want to look at one level of service. That’s got to be a Fibre Leased Line.

Leased Line Technologies

  • GEA is the most cost-effective leased line for small offices (up to 20 users) with moderate bandwidth demands, offering upload and download speeds of up to 20Mbps. GEA is quick to implement and uses an FTTC-enabled exchange, with copper over the last mile.
  • EFM is a good choice for small and medium-sized offices (up to 80 users), offering upload and download speeds up to 35Mbps. It’s faster than GEA and quicker to implement than Fibre, and is available even if you don’t have a local FTTC-enabled exchange.
  • Fibre is the ideal choice for large offices or any business with high bandwidth demands, offering ultra-reliable speeds of between 100Mbps and 10Gbps. Fibre is the right option for businesses that need guaranteed, high performance connectivity.

What is the difference between GEA, EFM and Fibre?

When people talk about a leased line, they tend to mean a service based on fibre optic cable. These Fibre Leased Lines are usually the fastest and most reliable leased line services, but also the most expensive.

Smaller businesses with lower bandwidth demands have two other options, both of which offer many of the benefits of a dedicated leased line at lower cost. GEA (aka FTTC over the first mile) and EFM Leased Lines are a large step up from standard broadband services, offering an uncontended service, symmetrical bandwidth and a business-grade SLA. But because they use copper lines for at least some of the journey from your premises to the internet, they’re neither as fast nor robust as fibre.

In combination with the above table, hopefully, we can give you a clearer picture of what internet leased line services are available to you. So here is a brief description of each.

GEA Leased Line – Key Characteristics

This is an Ethernet leased line service based on FTTC technology.

GEA is delivered over copper.

Speeds range from 1Mb up to 20Mb synchronous speeds at 1:1 contention. 5:1 contention is also available.

Lead-time to install ranges between 13 to 25 working days (depending on the last mile supplier), carries an SLA of 99.96% with a 7hrs RTT/fix time.

Ideal for entry-level, high performance, guaranteed connectivity for small businesses and branch sites.

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EFM Leased Line – Key Characteristics

This is an Ethernet leased line service delivered over copper technology.

Inherently has resilience built-in because EFM is delivered over multiple copper pairs.

Speeds range from 1Mb up to 35Mb synchronous speeds at 1:1 contention. 5:1 contention is also available.

Lead-time ranges from 25 working days to 45 working days, carries an SLA of 99.96% with a 7hrs RTT/fix time.

Ideal for entry-level, high performance, guaranteed connectivity for small businesses and branch sites.

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Fibre Leased Line – Key Characteristics

This is an Ethernet leased line service delivered over Fibre Optic technology.

Inherently has the lowest latency, jitter and packet loss statistics of all Ethernet technology.

Speeds range from 1Mbps up to 1000Mbps synchronous speeds at either 1:1 contention.

Lead-time ranges from 35 working days to 90 working days, carries an SLA of 99.96% with a 6hrs RTT/fix time.

Ideal for mid/high level, very high performance, guaranteed connectivity for larger businesses and branch sites.

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