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Everything You Need to Know About BTnet

What is BTnet?

BTnet is BT's dedicated Ethernet leased line internet service offering uncontended guaranteed bandwidth. BTnet offers 100% SLA across network availability and is ranked number 1 by Netcraft. BTnet features provide cybersecurity measures, including Fortinet's advanced threat protection and Meraki's cloud-managed IT solutions.

Everything You Need to Know About BTnet

When businesses choose the BTnet leased line, they gain access to a dedicated BT fiber circuit that comes with a comprehensive Service Level Agreement (SLA) guaranteeing excellent uptime and Internet performance. BTnet offers a diverse range of options, including varying speeds and bandwidths that span from 100Mbps all the way up to 1Gbps. In this article, we will discuss BTnet and explore its unique features and advantages to assist potential buyers in determining whether this leased line option is the fit vs. business needs.

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Why Choose BTnet Leased Line vs Competitors?

One of the key benefits of BTnet is the 100% target availability Service Level Agreement (SLA) which provides confidence across uptime. This commitment to reliability is a significant benefit when compared to Broadband services. In addition, BTnet offers symmetrical upload and download speeds ranging from 10Mbps to 10Gbps with the ability to tier bandwidth which reduces costs - the service is therefore suitable for SME and large Enterprise businesses.

BTnet is widely recognised as a premium leased line service which is reinforced by the positive feedback from customers who emphasise the exceptional customer service provided by BT. Many reviews highlight the company's commitment to resolving issues promptly and efficiently which is in part due to the dedicated BT leased line support team.

Overall, the positive customer reviews and the strategic partnerships with industry-leading technology providers reinforce BTnet's position as a premium leased line service. The BTnet partnership with Meraki and Fortinet's NGFW, make BTnet an excellent choice for businesses seeking the best possible Internet and Cybersecurity combined into a single solution.

BTnet vs FTTP Business Broadband

BTnet leased lines provide symmetrical bandwidth which means the upload and download speeds are identical. This is a significant advantage over traditional broadband which provides lower upload speeds vs download. Symmetrical bandwidth is particularly beneficial for businesses that frequently upload large files, use cloud-based applications or conduct video conferencing across multiple users.

Business Broadband is provisioned as a shared infrastructure which can sometimes result in variable performance. In contrast, BTnet leased lines offer dedicated connectivity. The result is  that the bandwidth you pay for is dedicated to your circuit which results in a more reliable and consistent internet connection during busy periods. 

BTnet leased lines also offer superior support by offering a single BTnet specialist engineer team, i.e. not part of the Business Broadband team. The dedicated support approach ensures that any issues are resolved promptly which further improves fix times. This level of support is crucial for businesses where any downtime can result in significant losses and another reason why customers choose BTnet leased lines.

One of the standout features of BTnet leased lines is the ability to architect load-balanced solutions with primary and backup circuits. This means that if the primary circuit fails, the backup circuit can take over which avoids any business downtime. There are a number of options which include a single PoP (Point of Presence) or multiple PoP approach - the Netify team can discuss the options further to help you decide on the right solution.

In terms of cybersecurity, BTnet leased lines offer solutions from Meraki and Fortinet. Meraki provides threat protection with secure SD WAN and advanced malware protection. Fortinet's Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) offers security which includes intrusion prevention, web filtering and application control. The partnership with Meraki and Fortinet are a further reason  to choose BTnet.

Is BTnet Right for Your Business?

When it comes to deciding on BTnet, there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration which include budget, location and the specific needs of your business.

If your business requires an internet circuit that offers symmetrical bandwidth, excellent security with an SLA that covers network performance and uptime, BT leased lines are the optimal right choice when compared to traditional Broadband. By choosing BTnet, you are not only guaranteeing a reliable and high-performance internet connection but also prioritising the security and longevity of your business's digital infrastructure.

What is the Cost of BTnet?

BTnet leased lines offer a range of bandwidth options, from 100Mbps to 1000Mbps. The cost increases with the bandwidth, so your business will  need to assess Internet usage and choose an appropriate bandwidth.

For example, a small business with light internet usage may find that a 100Mbps bandwidth, costing approximately £275-£325 per month is sufficient. If you are a larger enterprise with heavy internet usage, you may require a 1000Mbps bandwidth which could cost around £495-£600 per month.

The length of the contract also impacts the cost. A longer 5-year contract term offers cost benefits compared to a shorter 3-year contract. For example, a 100Mbps bandwidth with a Cisco 800Mb router costs approximately £325 per month for a 3-year contract while the same bandwidth and router option costs around £275 per month for a 5-year contract.

The type of managed router option can also affect the price. For example, a Cisco Meraki 1Gb router is more expensive than a Cisco 800Mb router. You need to consider that the additional features and benefits of the Meraki router may justify the higher cost.

In conclusion, budgeting for a BTnet leased line depends on your specific business needs and preferences. As a rough guide you should budget between £275 and £600 per month depending on your chosen bandwidth, contract length and router options (Cisco, Meraki or Fortinet). It is also worth factoring in potential cost savings from improved productivity and business continuity due to the reliable, high-speed internet connection that a BTnet leased line provides.

What Cybersecurity Options are Available with BTnet?

Cisco Meraki provides an out-of-the-box solution that is both easy to implement and powerful. It offers robust protection by leveraging advanced security features such as intrusion prevention, content filtering and threat intelligence. With Cisco Meraki, businesses can quickly set up and manage network security which ensures data remains safe from cyber threats.

Where businesses require more comprehensive security, BTnet offers Fortinet's NGFW (Next-Generation Firewall) solution as a co-managed service. Fortinet's NGFW goes beyond the capabilities of Cisco Meraki in terms of configurability and offers integrated and automated protection across the entire digital attack surface.

The Fortinet solution is designed to protect the internal network by controlling the data that passes through into the business based on predefined policies. With Fortinet's NGFW, businesses are provided with enhanced security features such as advanced threat protection, secure SD-WAN and inspection of encrypted traffic.

What is the BTnet SLA?

BTnet leased lines offer a robust Service Level Agreement (SLA) that is designed to ensure maximum uptime and reliability for your business. BT aim for a 100% target service level availability and they'll pay service credits where they fail to achieve this level of uptime.

This is a significant commitment and demonstrates BT's confidence in the reliability of their service. In the event of any issues with your Internet leased line, BT offers 24/7 support to get your business back on track. They aim to fix any faults within five hours, regardless of whether it's day, night or weekends. This rapid response time minimises downtime and helps to ensure that your business operations can continue with minimal disruption.

How Does BTNet Support Cloud Applications?

In addition to low latency and jitter, BTnet offers a multitude of benefits for cloud applications, particularly when it comes to VoIP technology. With BTnet, collaboration applications such as MS Teams and Zoom experience the best possible network performance.

One of the key advantages of BTnet is its extensive peering with the BT IP backbone. Their peering means that the majority of ISPs connect directly to the BT network which ensures that your traffic remains on the BT backbone for most of the time which enables faster data transmission.

BTnet also integrates with leading cloud vendors which includes Azure, AWS and Google Cloud - these Cloud vendors provide BTnet users with excellent application performance. 

How to Order Your BTnet Leased Line

Once you have determined the needs and requirements of your office, the first step in ordering your BTnet leased line is to obtain a detailed quotation. This can be easily done by using the Netify BT leased line pricing request by providing us with your office address and postcode.

Click here to view our BTnet leased line pricing page.

After you've considered these aspects, you can proceed to order your BTnet leased line. Our dedicated Partner Manager will assist you throughout the process - they will raise an e-sign document which serves as a digital authoridation for the order.

Don't hesitate to reach out to our team if you have any questions or require further assistance. We are here to support you every step of the way.

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