The capability to deliver BT 10Gbps leased line services is dependent on many factors. Within our BT partner relationship, the queries from businesses considering making the jump from 1Gbps services to 10Gbps are increasing. Are these high bandwidth services readily available? What are the considerations and costs?
The obvious answer is the tremendous growth in service consumption. The more complicated answer for business surrounds the way in which we’re working, our reliance on cloud-based applications residing on the Internet. Core Enterprise applications such as Unified Communications are becoming more sophisticated, driving features resulting in further bandwidth needs. Services such as video are popular today, but traffic is due to grow in demand further as we approach 2020 and beyond.
If you need further evidence of the need to consider 10Gbps leased lines, also consider the usage of 3G / 4G and shortly 5G connectivity.
The answer depends on your distance to the local BT POP (Point of Presence).
Premier and Authorised Partners of BT do not own any end to end customer contracts. In other words, we technically manage your account, but your order is placed directly with BT - BT provides product support and billing, just as they would if you ordered directly.
Network Union are offering 10% discount on the first year's annual rental cost for both 3 and 5 year contracts across BT leased line costs. Outside of the first year, we are offering 4.5% discount on the remaining term for 3 year contracts and 6% for the remaining term on 5 year contracts.
All leased line pricing is directly provided by our BT resources; there are no added fees or margins. In fact, the portal will search and apply the very latest BT offers and associated cost.
To apply, simply submit your postcode and phone number, we request the latest best deals and leased line costs from our BT team, apply the discount and return the pricing / connection quote back to you. Simple. If you decide to go-ahead, we'll explain how our team will account manage your BT Business services; we'll collate the required connection detail and submit the orders via our BT team.
As we do not own your contract, our current leased line discount offer is directly applied to your BT invoicing. A clean way to obtain your offer without some convoluted cash back scheme.
What you need to know? All BT Leased Line Ethernet orders are placed directly with the BT channel. All contracts, support and billing is provided by BT. Network Union operate as technical account managers, your interface and alternative route into BT Business.
If you need to learn more about us, why not book a conference call or speak to a member of our BT employed team?
The further your site is from the local POP, the higher your costs due to the extended tail circuit reach required. The only way to establish POP distance is to request a quote which will output the local POP address and the potential radial miles from your location. However, even without a quotation, businesses are typically aware of their locations vs. infrastructure whether city or town. If you’re looking at sheep, expect a steep quotation.
The capacity for 10Gbps services is often constrained depending on the POP location and the fibre which may, or may not, exist at your office site. In metro London, BT (Open Reach) may well lay 10Gbps capacity for new infrastructure or growth areas as demand is deemed to be higher vs. other comparable locations. But even where the capacity to the street exists, work is required to pull the fibre through to your building together with installing high capacity termination equipment.
If no infrastructure exists, 10Gbps capacity will need to be created which has the potential to create excess construction charges. The current excess costs covered by Open Reach are up to £2800, so there is the possibility. And, as we know from 100Mbps and 1Gps projects, issues such as wayleave or council traffic management all conspire to delay your circuit further.
In short, there is every chance of a successful project, but we would always advise a cautious approach to delivery timescales and costs. There is the possibility that you'll experience excess install costs, delivery and protracted time scales and even delivery failure.
Above. Distance to the BT POP vs. pricing.
Providers such as BT will typically reside within most data centre locations; we’re able to check availability where required.
If your requirement is in addition to existing or new WAN connectivity, there is some mileage in considering provider breakout routed via MPLS, VPLS or SD-WAN services. In this respect, the data centre becomes another node on the WAN removing the need to implement large 10Gbps site connections locally.
As no tail circuit is required, delivery is usually swift and without the typical issues which invariably challenge all leased line circuits regardless of bandwidth capacity. One issue we do occasionally find is capacity due to poor infrastructure planning from the facility provider.
With cloud access, the theory is pretty much similar in the sense of how traffic from your business office sites traverses WAN connections to the cloud-based breakout service.
Service providers will typically offer shared security services with cloud Internet based on various tiers of capability.
The tool we use - idesk - only produces 100Mbps and 1Gbps circuit pricing. Where greater than 1Gbps is a requirement, we submit the request directly into BT.
BT RA02 services are designed, subject to survey, to deliver circuits through the tail circuit network with no single point of failure. If budget is there, the dual, resilient and diverse architecture is the ideal capability.
Where budget is more constrained, there is the potential to add a lesser bandwidth secondary failover circuit, e.g. 1Gbps. However, readers should note there is an obvious mathematical difference between asymmetrical bandwidth services, i.e. 10Gbps doesn't fit into 1Gbps. In the event bandwidth becomes high, there is potential congestion risk if traffic routes via the failover circuit.
The design of your leased line should also encompass security, such functionality of zoning is typically a good idea vs. a flat network.
As with all BT leased line services, the SLA is comprehensive:
WAN / SIP / TRADITIONAL TELEPHONY / LAN / WIRELESS / CALL RECORDING / MERAKI
DATA CENTRE / SERVERS / VIRTUALISATION / STORAGE / DATA MIGRATION / BACKUP / CONTENT FILTERING / SECURITY AND PCI COMPLIANCE
BT CLOUD VOICE / BT COMPUTE IAAS / PRIVATE CLOUD IAAS / OFFICE 365 INTEGRATION / DESKTOP VIRTUALISATION / MICROSOFT AZURE
MPLS / VPLS / ETHERFLOW ETHERNET / BTNET LEASED LINE / CLOUD / SECURITY
24/7 SERVICE DESK / TECHNICAL EXPERTS / ITIL3 PROCESSES / ISO27001 SECURITY / ISO20000 ITSM / EVENT MANAGEMENT / IL3 / GPG13 SERVICES / 3RD PARTY MANAGEMENT
Above. The internal tool we use to request pricing.