Fibre Optic Leased Line or Ethernet First Mile (EFM)

Does your business suffer from slow internet connection? We can give you a super-fast Fibre Optic Broadband, Fibre Optic Leased Line, EFM Leased Line, MPLS VPN/VPLS quote to fix your slow speed download/upload problems. We analyse your requirements, compare quotes from a large selection of our wholesale Tier 1 network provider partners and recommend the best solution at the most competitive price for your business needs - typically 20% cheaper than BT Retail with direct access to an account manager and support services. Click here to contact us now.

Fibre Optic Leased Line or EFM (Ethernet First Mile) - Matching connectivity to your requirements

When considering which type of connectivity would best suit your needs, Kingston Telecom will help you determine how much bandwidth you need - up and down stream. Your office location and other services such as VoIP (Voice over IP), Video Conferencing, Cloud Computing and data transfers are also important factors along with how critical internet connection is to your business.

Private Fibre Illustration

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Leased Lines FAQs

What is a leased line?

A leased line is a private high-performance circuit. It usually carries voice and data or both. Leased lines are mostly used for either internet access or used privately between two customer sites Point-to-Point (P2P). Unlike some broadband, a leased line is not contended or shared and delivers dedicated guaranteed bandwidth straight to the internet backbone. A leased line provides guaranteed bandwidth, high availability and is the most reliable connectivity option. A leased line is fully managed and monitored 24x7x365 and supported by a strong Service-Level Agreement (SLA) with a guaranteed fix time and a compensation clause.

What are the speeds of a leased line?

From 2Mb up to 1,000Mb (1Gb) where available.

What are the other names for a leased line?

Direct Internet Access (DIA), Ethernet, Fibre, EFM (Ethernet First Mile). LAN Extension (LES), WES, Point-to-point (P2P), off-net, on-net, T1 and E1 amongst others.

Ethernet First Mile (EFM)

EFM is delivered over existing copper and is typically half the price of a standard leased line yet provides reliability, high availability and a strong SLA.

What is the difference between copper and fibre?

The difference is that fibre-optics use light pulses to transmit information down fibre lines instead of using electronic pulses to transmit information down copper lines. Today all core networks are based on fibre due to higher speed capacity and greater resistance to electromagnetic noise such as "alien cross talk" from other nearby cabling. In addition, fibre optic cables cost much less to maintain and are a more modern form of data transport. However copper is often used as the last mile to an exchange where fibre is present.

Fibre and Copper Illustration

Wires only leased lines

A wires only leased line is a leased line without a router. This can be provided as an option but note that the SLA is reduced to best efforts. A customer may wish to have this if they already have a router that they want to use.

Point-to-point leased lines (P2P)

A P2P leased line is usually provided between two customer sites for the customer to share internal data and/or voice services. This is usually delivered by an Ethernet leased line without routers as the Ethernet plugs into the customer's switch and LAN.

Internet access leased lines

These are the most common and the most requested by customers as they provide access to the internet.

MPLS leased lines

An MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) is a private leased line which is usually part of a Wide Area Network (WAN) whereby a customer has many sites and wants to connect these sites in the most secure way.

Why buy a leased line over and above a Broadband (ADSL) line?

Although a leased line is more expensive than an ADSL line, a leased line is an uncontended line and is not shared by any other customers. The bandwidth is the same in both directions and offers a high SLA and is fully managed 24×7×365.

What Backup options are available with leased lines?

We can provide an automatic failover Broadband line to a leased line. The Broadband line will use the same IP address range as a leased line and in the unlikely event of a leased line outage the Broadband line is configured to automatically fail over to the Broadband line. If a leased line is purchased with an ADSL Backup line then the SLA increases from 99.9% to 99.99%. Another option is to have two leased lines from two different carriers.

Leased line availability map

Leased lines are available from over 5,000 locations (PoPs) throughout the UK.

Who are the leased line carriers that we use?

Kingston Telecom Solutions compares eight best of breed carriers for EFM, Ethernet and Fibre optic leased lines. We will select which carrier to use based on location, coverage, and price. The carrier will provide the raw circuit and our recommended distributors will provide everything else such as Juniper or Cisco router, monitoring, management, 99.997% SLA and 24×7×365 support. Some of the carriers and distributors we use are BT Wholesale, BT Open reach, Colt, Virgin Media Business, TalkTalk Business, Virtual1 and Griffin to name a few.

What are the leased lines installation lead-times?

Estimated installation lead-times are given at the time of quote and they are typically between 30 to 60 working days depending on the carrier and your office location.

MPLS VPN (Virtual Private Network) upgrade

Many of our leased lines can be upgraded to MPLS where a customer has multiple sites and wishes to connect them all together.

What type of connection should my firm get? A Leased Line? Broadband? something else?

Firms tend to start with a contended ADSL connection or Fibre Optic Broadband which means the bandwidth is shared with others on the same exchange, and then graduate to a dedicated connection (Leased Line) once broadband becomes inadequate to meet their needs.

Firms with multiple locations will often get a leased line for their Head Office, leased lines for their mid-sized offices, and broadband for any shops, home-workers, and for tiny two-man offices.

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Can anyone have a leased line?

Leased lines work in conjunction with the existing telephone network infrastructure, so offer a very wide geographical coverage. Unlike other connectivity services such as broadband, leased lines are only available in parts of the country that are well served. Companies located in rural areas must assess their upstream bandwidth requirements prior to choosing a location.

Is a leased line suitable for heavy bandwidth use?

Yes, leased lines are a permanently available internet connection and offer the most resilient method of access. Companies are not competing with other users for the bandwidth and enable businesses to place higher levels of dependence on the internet.

What can I use a leased line for?

Leased lines are suitable for various applications. There are no restrictions for leased line use so long as the correct size/speed line will support your business in future. You can use it for internet access to connect your internal or external server to the internet or to connect offices together via VPN.

What size leased line would suit my business?

That depends on the number of users and the applications running, ranging from 5Mb to 100Mb and above.

We will be able to advise you accordingly.