Dedicated Internet Service with a Leased Line
Most businesses in Northern Ireland will have some type of broadband connection. This could be a standard broadband ADSL connection or a fibre broadband connection. They are the most popular choices for business and that is because they are affordable options.
They do however have their limitations and they are prone to outages and also have their limits. So if you are a business who is looking for a "dedicated internet service," then a leased line is the best option for achieving that.
In simple terms this is the next step up from fibre broadband.
A leased line is an excellent choice for:
- Any business who wants fast reliable broadband at very high speeds
- Any business who wants to use cloud voice services or any cloud applications such as CRM or ERP
- Any business who wants to operate a Guest WiFi system
- Any business who wants to use SIP lines with their phone system
Leased Line Simple Diagram
In the diagram below, you can see the simple application of a typical leased line. The line comes from your network provider straight into your builiding using fibre. You can select the size of this line depending on your needs and we can help you decide what that should be.
That line is then connected to a managed router, where the controls and security of the line are managed.
Benefits of a Leased Line Service
- Your business owns the connection - it is not shared with anyone else so you get reliable speed and a dedicated bandwidth. There are no busy periods, lagging and the service is predictable. Fenix Solutions also support this with an excellent service level agreement
- Speed - Businesses can select their speed and the upload and download are the same unlike fibre broadband. Your dedicated connection has no usage limits and no fair use policies, so truly unlimited usage. Blazing speeds with no delay, jitter or lagging.
- Bandwidth - Your business can also pick the bandwidth it needs and change it easily if the business grows
- Business Driver - your leased line acts as a central point in your IT and communication systems and brings your business many options such as cloud services and applications, LAN ports, all of which are easy to setup and control
- Value for money - We offer a free connection (subject to survey) and we also allocate free static IP addresses
- SLA Agreement - Fenix Solutions offer all businesses a comprehensive service level agreement on all of our leased line products
- Uncontended - A leased line is uncontended (which means that it’s not shared with any other business or consumer) and is highly secure. It also provides symmetrical data transfer (which means that both upload and download speeds are the same) for a better user experience
- Connecting Buildings - A leased line can also be used to connect buildings together so as those various locations can benefit from the many advantages the leased line has to offer.
Leased Line Speed Options
At Fenix we offer you the best choices for speed. These start at 1Mbps and go all the way up to 10Gbps.
The most popular choices are:
- 100 Mbps
- 10Mb-90Mb – Used by smaller businesses or sites with standard internet use who require stable and reliable internet access.
- 100Mb – 1Gb – These are used by companies with more staff or a much more business critical reason for high bandwidth use. Graphic designers and architects are a good example of a type of business who is likely to need high upload speeds
- 1Gb – 10Gb – These kind of high speeds are used by large business internet users – companies with lots of staff/offices using a huge amount of data.
Leased Line Bearer Options
Another feature your business needs to consider is a term known as a "bearer." The best way to think of this is to consider that a bearer is similar to a pipe size. When referring to a leased line this pipe size is called bandwidth. There are three main bearer sizes:
As an example if your business decided on a 50Mbps speed for their leased line, this would be provided on a 100Mb bearer as that has plenty of capacity and allows you to increase your speed at a later date up to 100Mbps.
We understand that this can get complex, but one of our Fenix account managers will be able to explain all of this, and help you make the right decision for your business.
Northern Ireland Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme
There is currently in place a voucher scheme which is being administered by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Support.
In May 2019, the programme launched its second wave of funding to support the cost of installing gigabit-capable broadband to businesses in rural areas of the UK when part of a group scheme.
- Businesses with broadband speeds of less than 100Mbps can use vouchers to support the cost of installing new gigabit-capable connections when part of a group scheme
- Group projects are when two or more SMEs get together to combine their vouchers towards the shared cost of installation. Single connections are not eligible for additional funding
- New connections should double your current speed but must be at least 30 Mbps
In addition, in order to qualify for a business voucher you will be asked to self-certify that you meet the European Commission definition of an SME whereby your business has:
- Up to 249 employees (in total in the organisation) and turnover no greater than €50m per annum, and/or a balance sheet of no more than €43m
- You will also have to self-certify that you have received less than €200k in public grants in the last 3 years – the de minimis limit.
- You will be asked to provide evidence of your status as a SME or sole trader.
How to Apply for the Scheme
- Contact Fenix Solutions and sign up for a Gigabit compatible connection
- We will request a voucher from the department on your behalf and they will contact your business to confirm that you are happy to proceed via an email
- Fenix will start to deliver your new connection and let the Department know when the work has been completed
- The department will check with your business that the circuit is live and working
Please note that this voucher is for help with the initial installation cost of installing the dedicated line. There are also ongoing monthly costs for the service.
Alternatives to a Leased Line
Most businesses will use a fibre broadband connection. There are also other connection services for any business who wants something faster than a fibre broadband, but doesn't want to pay for a leased line option. These are:
- Generic Ethernet Access (GEA) - achieves maximum symmetrical speeds of 20Mbps and combines Ethernet infrastructure with traditional copper infrastructure.
- Ethernet In the First Mile (EFM) - This is also an uncontended option like a leased line. However, it uses the traditional copper-based network infrastructure to reduce installation times. The maximum speeds available with EFM is 35Mbps.
If you are interested in either of the above services, then please speak with a Fenix Solutions account manager.
Why Pick Fenix Solutions?
- Experienced communication's company with years of experience
- Based in Belfast with a team of fully accredited and trained engineers
- Northern Ireland billing and support teams at the end of the phone
- Partnered with the leading providers in all communication fields
- Communication specialists in Broadband, Leased Lines, and alternative leased line options