We’re best known for offering procurement comparison on leased line and Wide Area Network data services for BT Business and BT Wholesale.
We share information on our Wholesale buy prices together with our margins which are currently set at 15%.
We arrived at the 15% figure based on the profitability required to support and account manage your business together with making enough profit to ensure we operate as a successful organisation.
We write for Techtarget.com and have won numerous awards from BT Business for our work.
We're a unique combination of a procurement agency together with the ability to technically design and account manage services. We do a whole lot more besides including Cloud Voice, SIP and Network Security. We write for Techtarget.com as connectivity experts, our business won BT Partner of the Year for fixed services alongside Carphone Warehouse for their work in the mobile sector.
We provide technical account management and price comparison across 100Mbps, 1Gbps and 10Gbps Ethernet leased line access. In addition, we are able to architect SIP, Cloud Voice and security into each proposal.
We provide clear information so that you can go on to purchase a product that meets your needs.
Our work with the service provider market place has been recognised, TNU operates at the top level of Partnership with BT and we’ve won various awards for our success since 2009.
Welcome to The Network Union. Searching BTNet and BT Wholesale Ethernet leased lines is simple.
All we require is your postcode and bandwidth options. Plus, we're able to add Cloud Voice and Security as required.
We operate as an Authorised BT Partner. Orders are placed on BT systems resulting in a direct BT contract, support and billing. With the expert technical account management of Network Union at no additional cost. Or you can choose to buy BT Wholesale.
We do not use API access, all of our checks are performed manually to ensure we have the most up to date knowledge based of current deals and offers.
Adding resilience to your leased line requires the addition of a diverse secondary circuit (RA02 Secure Plus). We will primarily design a solution which avoids any single point of failure (subject to survey). The success of any resilient and diverse solution surrounds the ability to connect into diverse building entry points, dual routers and dual tail circuits routed to separate exchanges.
Again, this is a real plus point regarding the discussion of network coverage since the larger network providers can route your site into diverse points within their network. With managed services, two managed BT routers are deployed configured as an HSRP pair. If one managed route fails, the failover would automatically re-route your Internet traffic.
As you would expect when connecting a second circuit, the overall leased line costs will increase.
Services are also available with load balancing - the traffic is shared across two physical access which, again, may be diversely routed. The second circuit could be a lower bandwidth than the primary circuit depending on the traffic profile. With leased line bandwidth connection speeds available from 10MBits Ethernet through to 10Gbps within hosting sites, there's a little risk of congestion. Available managed (with router) or unmanaged.
The majority of leased lines offer a 1:1 performance guarantee, uncontended to ensure applications and data perform with a consistent level of speed and uptime. These features provide a competitive edge to your business. As an example, 35% of UK broadband consumers use BT's Internet services with peering agreements which mean 75% of users connecting to the Internet are only a hop away.
Flexing of bandwidth is easy: you're able to flex within 72 hours, so you only pay for what you need. With circuits typically based on 100MB Ethernet, you'll get plenty of bandwidth to avoid congestion.
The majority of circuits are supported 24/7/365 with a 4 hour response time and 5 hour fix. The only exception if copper-based Ethernet First Mile - EFM - where the support fix time is typically around 7 hours.
In the corporate environment, it is important to protect users and your web presence. We ask about security to prevent illegal downloading of content - including optional services which safeguard your web presence against attacks.
A further more complex design is available called BGP multihomed architecture. This is where two ISPs are used to provide diversity and resiliency. Customers purchase their own AS (Autonomous System) number and essentially become part of the Internet. We're going to be writing more about this subject in future articles.
Above. Leased Line failover.
All public Internet services require Firewall security to protect your userbase from external threats. In addition to general security, how your business intends to use the leased line from the perspective of applications must also be considered. If, for example, voice (VoIP) is to be used, the users traffic is typically segregated.
In the corporate environment, it is important to protect users and your web presence. Leased line services offer security to prevent illegal downloading of content. BT Business also offer optional services which safeguard your web presence against attacks.
The Internet Watch Foundations managed blacklist to prevent users from downloading illegal content. Optionally, BT Cleanfeed may be turned off. Providers also proactively monitor and protect the core network against denial of service attacks. There is also security accredited to BSI 7799 / ISO 17799 with optional distributed denial of service protection. Essentially, the service mitigates against traffic DDoS attacks, DoS floods, Protocol misuse, works and behaviour anomaly based attacks. If you're unsure about these terms, we'll explain over coffee.
DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) is an additional option available to clients.
Example of the BT service PDF attached - BT Assure DDoS
IP Addressing is available - both IPv4 and IPv6 - but all applications must be justified to RIPE. In other words, let us know as soon as possible the amount of hosts on your network requiring a static IP address.
With regards to DNS, the typical email system is based on the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). SMTP allows the transmission of messages from one server to another.
Multiple mail servers may be used (if you have your own mail server) an SMTP outgoing mail service and a 2nd preference incoming mail service. This is based on standard SMTP protocols.
The services supported by the Mail platform are:
We’ve taken the time to become Leased Line pricing and product experts.
We work with both Global & UK Enterprise clients helping them to implement the right BT Business Ethernet connectivity and maintain good practice throughout the contract. All sales are covered by our WAN architecture diagnostic approach (WADA): Enterprise level consultancy built in at no extra cost.
Our workflows will allow you to design a solution which will meet requirements. Whether you're looking for a single leased line circuit or a dual approach with diversity and resilience, Network Union will perform the work to ensure you conclude with a fit for purpose design together with the best possible leased line costs.
Providers range from the very small through to medium sized providers and then onto larger tier 1's such as BT. With the word 'premium' you might expect the line pricing to be significantly higher than the lower cost smaller providers. However, BT is typically never the lowest cost, but the pricing is not far out considering the scale and breadth of their leased line network.
One of the reasons dedicated leased lines have become competitive surrounds a couple of critical areas. The first is the limitations of broadband Internet speeds, in particular, upload. With some significant advances in fibre to the cabinet based services, the upload speed is still an issue for some organisations.
Also, broadband is a copper based service which does not pose the same attributes as an end to end fibre based leased circuit. With clients suffering issues with poor quality copper, variable speeds and a higher incidence of downtime, a leased line has become more compelling than ever.
The second surrounds applications which are deployed over corporate Internet circuits. These apps range from delay-sensitive voice and video conferencing, cloud computing through to extranet and remote users requiring Citrix or SAP access to the network on a global basis.
If your budget is limited, the overall Ethernet 100MB leased line fibre pricing vs. FTTC broadband may well be an issue. We see pricing from £150 to around £1000 per month depending on the distance from the providers network. When you consider Business Broadband ranges from £20 to £50 per month, leased lines are a significant cost uplift depending on the size of your business.
The pricing of 1Gbits BTNet Ethernet is becoming significantly lower due to the increasing demand for this level of bandwidth. We have witnessed the demise of the 10Mbits circuits as 100Mbits speeds are now the lowest entry level within the marketplace. Readers should note that tiered circuits are the standard - for example; you could opt for 100Mbits tiered at 10Mbits. When using our quotation service, let our team know your preferred option.
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Above. The internal tool we use to request pricing.