[Sysadmins] DSL -v- Leased Lines

Kieran Murphy daffster at gmail.com
Sat Nov 14 13:38:17 GMT 2009

Hi Harry,

Have you considered looking at offerings from other carriers that don't rely
on copper or Eircom exchanges?
Such as Fibre, or even an uncontended Wireless link?


On Sat, Nov 14, 2009 at 1:05 PM, Harry Duncan <usr.src.linux at gmail.com>wrote:

> Hi Guys,
> I've a customer with two sites, one in the city center (Dublin 1) and
> one in Dublin 9, and we have contention free broadband on ADSL2+ from
> Magnet Business in Dublin 9 and the city center site is on a BT
> unbundled line.
> Periodically the broadband goes down in the city center. Not sure what
> the issue is, if its related to weather etc, but once the line comes
> back up, which usually happens without any customer care interaction,
> all is fine again, but the blip causes a ton of issues for the
> customer at the time.
> I was toying with the idea of getting them to put in a leased line
> connection between the sites, but I'm curious if it is going to be any
> more reliable. Essentially it is going to be another copper pair from
> the exchange and connected to backoffice equipment at the echange, and
> it is in this section that the broadband is going down. I also have
> the option of getting the Dublin 1 site to run off the magnet business
> service and see if it is more reliable.
> Are leased lines inherently more reliable than DSL lines? Better back
> office equipment at the exchange than the telco's dslams? Or are
> leased lines just as susceptable to periodic outages as DSL lines?
> Does it come down to pot luck with copper quality in the old dublin
> city center and that by getting broadband on a different line the
> problems might all just disappear or is it an overloaded exchange that
> is likely to be the issue?
> Curious to hear thoughts...
> Harry.
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