Leased line vs. LLU vs. FTTC - what would you do?
This year both the school and I are desperate to finally leave behind our ADSL connection that (slowly) serves the entire school site. Our key requirement is to improve the upload to around 10Mbps or more to allow us to offer remote access to various on-premises systems.
We can barely afford what I've been quoted for a leased line install (£3,500 installation and equipment + £7,500pa) so I've been looking at alternatives. These include Easynet's LLU EtherStream service, and most recently, the FTTC broadband that is rolling out to our exchange on 31st August 2010.
In my view, leased line is the superior technology, and unsurprisingly the most expensive. EtherStream seems like a close second in terms of technology, and is a little bit cheaper. FTTC is considerably cheaper, but will only offer us "up to 10Mbps" upload. We would also not be able to get hold of FTTC until well into the Autumn term, whereas we could get our hands on a leased line or EtherStream much more quickly.
What would you do?