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What are the current costs for BT 10Gbps leased lines?

Written by Robert Sturt

Robert Sturt is Managing Director of Netify, an SD-WAN, SASE security & connectivity market network where you can login free to compare and shortlist vendors.

icon-cloud@2xWhat is the typical cost of a 10Gbps leased line service?

  • The answer depends on your distance to the local BT POP (Point of Presence), 10Gbps pricing typically begins at around £400 per month.

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 cause for growing bandwidth requirements?

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 move forward into the future.

If you need further evidence of the need to consider 10Gbps leased lines, also consider the usage of 4G and 5G connectivity.

How to obtain 10Gbps Ethernet pricing?

To apply, simply submit your postcode and phone number int the Netify comparison form. We'll request the latest pricing from the BT Partner tool which will retrieve the latest offers. The cost for BTNet is impacted by the distance from your office to the local PoP, the further your site is from the BT network, 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 Openreach 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.

Why the demand is growing for 10Gbps leased line services?

Here are some interesting facts from the Cisco Complete Visual Networking Index - VNI forecast:

  • 4.1B Global Internet users
  • 26.3B Networked devices and connections
  • 82% of IP traffic will be video

Implementing the right architecture to deploy high bandwidth services is a necessary consideration due to the cost and security implications of large capacity circuits. We would presume the need for 10Gbps Internet is, for the most part, required to support vast quantities of users or perhaps inbound traffic delivered to a large customer base.

Whatever the reason, as bandwidth increases, the need to improve security is necessary. DDOS (Denial of Service attacks) are on the increase as are other methods of intrusion to destroy or take data without authorisation. When your organisation traffic moves toward the need for 10Gbps, serious consideration must be given to security architecture.

In some businesses, relying on service provider cloud access is an acceptable method of integrating high bandwidth 10Gbps leased line services. On the flip side, other Enterprise companies would not trust the process and security offered by cloud access.

Over the last ten years, we have witnessed a shift to centrally located applications within data centre locations. In a twist we would not have predicted back in the day, local Internet access is becoming popular again as cloud hosted software as a service is such a conventional technology. Coupled with the growth of WAN technologies such as SD-WAN (SDN), the Enterprise is looking to future proof their needs where possible

Installation of 10GB Leased Lines within Data Centre infrastructure

  • An ideal location for any leased line circuit delivery is within an on-net data centre, i.e., where no tail circuit is required to deliver 10Gbps leased line connectivity. In this scenario, the data centre or hosting facility will request back to back connectivity via an interface and internal cabling routed to the BT provider edge hardware inside the physical location.

Data centre connectivity for 10Gbps services

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.

The 10Gbps cloud based option?

  • A third option to deliver connectivity is via cloud access. We previously mentioned using the WAN as an access method within a hosting facility.

Access for high bandwidth services via the cloud

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.

What are the standard costs for 10Gbps leased line connectivity?

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.

No single point of failure where possible

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 Internet, Public IP Security and SLA

  • Security is important regardless of circuit size, but as your WAN or Internet connections grow in size, security implications become severe on the scale of IT project priority.
  • The SLA provides an indication regarding the overall performance of your leased line circuits.

Application security and performance

The design of your leased line should also encompass security, such functionality of zoning is typically a good idea vs. a flat network.

SLA (Service Level Agreement)

As with all BT leased line services, the SLA is comprehensive:

  • 100% service up-time guarantee.
  • Total Care support with 24/7/365 cover including a 4 hour response time and 5-hour target fix.
  • Average round trip delay latency of 20ms or less and 95ms to the USA.
  • Services are delivered to an agreed contractual date - if BT fails, a service credit is applied.
  • 75% of people connected to the Internet are one hop away from the BT Internet network.


Robert Sturt Last Updated: 16.06.2020