What is the difference between Fibre Broadband (FTTC) and a dedicated Fibre Leased Line?
Which is best for your business?
Well, the answer depends on a number of factors:
- Your use of the Internet,
- The number of users you have
- How critical the internet is to your operations
Before we get into that, let’s look at a few differences between these two services.
Why is there such a significant price difference between Fibre Broadband and Leased Lines?
People see the cost of an ‘up to 80Mbps’ Fibre Broadband service and compare this to a 10Mbps Leased Line service and wonder why a ‘slower’ Leased Line service costs more.
Well, for starters, the Fibre Broadband ‘up to’ speed isn’t a guarantee; it’s an estimate of what they will get in the best case scenario.
A Leased Line speed delivers what it says it’s going to deliver, 50Mbps is 50Mbps, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, uncontended, dedicated to them. Its cost is based on three main factors:
- Location – The greater the distance, the higher the costs. Initial installation costs are also be affected by how much infrastructure is already in the area and how complicated it will be to deliver a dedicated Fibre line direct into their premises
FTTC, on the other hand, is delivered through the local cabinet. Availability is dictated by whether that particular cabinet has been upgraded to provide FTTC
- Bandwidth–More bandwidth equals more cost. Leased Line providers like our supplier (Chicane Internet) use a selection of different carriers. Certain carriers will make the cost of particular bandwidths more attractive, so you should always get a selection of speeds and carriers on your quote.
It’s also worth noting that Leased Lines provide symmetric upload and download speeds (FTTC is still an asymmetric service). If you run cloud or web-based applications (i.e. they are uploading large amounts of data to a central area) the contended, asymmetric nature of FTTC is not fit for purpose
- Competition–Being based in the middle of a city, or a remote rural location has a big effect. Generally the more rural, the fewer the number of carriers available, and therefore less competition fighting for the business. So prices are keener in highly populated business hubs than rural locations
How you use the internet
A Leased Line option might be best if:
- You have a large number of users
- You use cloud or web-based services to run your operations
- Your organisation will lose revenue if your Internet connection goes down
If your internet connection is business critical, you should opt for the Leased Line.
This is because it comes with a full-Service Level Agreement (SLA) and Service Level Guarantee (SLG) while also giving you automatic failover in the event of an outage and a four hr response time to service issues.
FTTC has the same SLA as Broadband (i.e. any service issues or outages are responded to by Openreach engineers on a best efforts basis), which could be one day or five days, as there is no SLA/SLG with this service.
Hopefully, that has given you a bit more of an idea about which option is best for your business.
For an informal discussion about your business connectivity and which solution may be best for you, give me a call on 01449 770704 or email Shelli on firstname.lastname@example.org.