8 Reasons Why Dedicated Fibre is Better than Shared Fibre.

What’s the difference between Dedicated Fibre and Shared Fibre?

If your business is in the market for a fibre connection with faster speeds, increased security, and complete redundancy then you’ll want to read this.

There are various classes of fibre connections for businesses, namely dedicated and shared fibre and it’s important to understand how they differ.

Dedicated Fibre

Shared Fibre


iTel Networks Dedicated Fiber ensures you receive guaranteed speeds

> Your business internet connection goes directly and only to your office location, without sharing with neighbouring businesses.

> Dedicated bandwidth ensures you receive guaranteed speeds.


Shared fiber ensures your business internet is split and shared with neighbours

> Your business internet connection is sent through a splitter and dispersed between neighbouring businesses.

> You’ll see a degraded connection during peak times as you and all your neighbours pull bandwidth from the same port.


> Dedicated fibre is symmetrical, which means equally fast upload and download speeds.

> Symmetrical connections are crucial to businesses that backup data to offsite centres, utilize cloud services, and voice and video phone systems.


Shared fiber is Asymmetrical, making for slower upload and download speeds

> Shared fibre is most often asymmetrical.

> Your upload speeds will be slower than your download and can attribute to a bogged down network.

Service Level Agreement

iTel Networks dedicated fiber comes with a sla that guarantees service and speeds

> A service level agreement guarantees you receive the service quality and speeds as promised by the provider.

No Service Level Agreement

No service level agreement with shared fiber

> Since shared fibre is pooled amongst neighbours, these connections do not come with an SLA and downtime is dealt with on a “best effort” basis.

Static IP

Static IPs with iTel Networks dedicated fiber

> Businesses will often require static IPs if they want to host infrastructure such as file servers, mail servers, etc.

> Static IPs are more reliable and secure.

Dynamic IP

Shared fiber offers less secure, unreliable dynamic IPs

> Shared fibre does not always offer static IPs.

> Instead, they are dynamic and move and change without notice making them not as reliable or secure.

Hourly Mean Time To Repair

Guraranteed service and hourly mean time to repair with iTel Networks dedicated fiber

> Service is guaranteed to stay up and running and repairs are made within hours to minimize downtime.

No Mean Time To Repair

Shared fiber has no mean time to repair, which means fixes could take days

> Without a service level agreement, meantime to repair can take days instead of hours.

Quality of Service and Class of Service

Ensure crystal clear voice and video connections with iTel Networks dedicated fiber

> Dedicated fibre has the ability to prioritize mission-critical data through Quality and Class of Service.

> Ensure crystal clear voice and video connections.

No Quality of Service
and Class of Service

Shared fiber can subject voice and video traffic to latency and jitter

> Shared fibre does not have the capability to prioritize data.

> Voice and video traffic is subject to latency and jitter.

Private Connection

Data is sent over a secure connection with iTel Networks dedicated fiber

> Data is sent over a secure connection ensuring private transfer of information between multiple business offices, offsite backup locations and to various cloud applications.

Public Connection

Data is sent over a less secure, public connection with shared fiber

> Data is sent over a less secure, public connection making it more susceptible to attackers and latency.

Scalable Bandwidth
up to 10 Gbps Speeds

Scalable bandwidth up to 10 Gbps speeds

> Dedicated fibre offers speeds from 100 Mbps to 10 Gbps, robust enough to handle all of your business’ network needs.

Less than 150 Mbps Speeds

Shared fiber will often max out at 150 Mbps speeds

> Shared fibre will often max out at 150Mbps, which is not always sufficient for organizations with heavy bandwidth demands.


Please contact us for any additional information. We would be more than happy to direct you to the resources you need, or to put you in touch with an iTel Associate who will be able to answer all of your questions.

1.888.899.iTel (4835)

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