Leased Line Providers Guide – How To Pick The Perfect Provider

There are many UK leased line providers you can choose from, including…

  • hSo
  • BT
  • Virgin Media
  • Colt
  • Easynet
  • Eclipse
  • Entanet
  • Zen
  • Vaioni
  • Claranet
  • Spitfire
  • TalkTalk Business
  • Daisy
  • Vodafone
  • Gamma

Key questions to consider when choosing between leased line providers include…

  • What are the hours of support? 9 to 5? 24/7?
  • What Service Level Agreements are provided?
  • Is the company primarily concerned with serving consumers or businesses?
  • Can they free to provide circuits from more than one carrier, to get you the best price and offer resilience options?
  • Do they have an MPLS core network?

Leased line providers work closely with companies called 'carriers' to deliver a leased line to you.

The carrier will is the division of a telecoms company that physically digs up the road and lays down fibre or copper cable.

Leased line providers do the rest of the work. They…

  • design the solution
  • order the underlying circuits
  • subsidise the installation costs
  • buy and configure the equipment used at both ends of the circuits
  • test the circuits
  • support the equipment
  • monitor the circuits
  • provide first-line support for circuit faults
  • add Internet access (i.e. Internet transit and peering) if required
  • connect the leased line to your other leased lines to create a corporate WAN and
  • invoice you

Leased line providers may also be able to deliver useful services over your leased line, including…

  • Internet access
  • Telephony (SIP Trunking)
  • Online Backup

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