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Internet Solutions

ADSL

ADSL stands for ‘Asymmetric digital subscriber line’ and provides asymmetrical, contended internet over copper.  ADSL services can supply download bandwidth up to 24Mb and upload bandwidth of up to 1Mb and are very cost effective.  The speed of the connection is dependent on the location of the connection and the distance away from the local BT exchange.  The further away, the slower the speed. The majority of IT solutions businesses utilise have the need for even the most basic of ADSL internet connections.

SDSL

SDSL stands for ‘Symmetric digital subscriber line’ and provides symmetrical, uncontended internet over copper.  The speed of the connection is dependent on the location of the connection and the distance away from the local BT exchange.  The further away, the slower the speed.

These SDSL services are being phased out as they typically supplied bandwidth up to 8Mb and were very expensive but they do still have their niche functions within certain product areas.

EFM

Ethernet First Mile or an EFM circuit is an uncontended internet service over copper, rather than fibre.  EFM Internet or EFM access direct, depending on location is likely to provide speeds up to 10Mb.  The speed of the connection is dependent on the location of the connection and the distance away from the local BT exchange.  The further away, the slower the speed.

Ethernet in the first mile is ideal for companies (or individuals) that need a stable internet connection but do not use bandwidth heavy applications.

Managed Internet

A Leased Line, or Managed Internet is a dedicated internet connection which provides a stable bandwidth up to 10Gbps.  These dedicated lines, based on carrier Ethernet technology, range from 10Mb all the way up to 10Gb.  The leased line costs increase as the bandwidth increases.

Leased lines are typically symmetrical and have very aggressive Service Level Agreements associated with them meaning if a fault develops, it will be resolved very quickly, normally within 4 hours.

Leased lines have many different names… you may know them by the following –

  • Fibre Leased Line
  • Internet Leased Line
  • Fibre to the Premise (FTTP)
  • Dedicated Internet Connection
  • Dedicated Ethernet Connectivity
  • Ethernet Private Line
  • BTnet leased line
  • Secure Internet Access

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