What can be used as a Kilostream replacement?
In March 2020, BT will withdraw all support for its Kilostream service.
What is Kilostream used for?
Kilostream is a type of private circuit that was in some ways a pre-cursor to the fibre optic leased lines many businesses now use. For early adopters of new technology it was a secure (being isolated from the public internet), “always on”, uncontended connection with low latency.
However, the maximum speed available on Kilostream was 512kbps, and with businesses becoming increasingly reliant on high speed data transfer, most moved on to using IP technologies delivering much higher bandwidth.
That said, for many organisations, their Kilostream connection was originally installed to handle traffic for a specific, often critical, technology which has not changed over the years and has continued to tick over nicely with a low bandwidth Kilostream circuit – until now. Examples include some hospital paging and air traffic control systems, and the links between radio studios and their transmitter sites.
What can be used to replace Kilostream?
With Kilostream no longer supported from Spring 2020, organisations that still rely on these circuits to support business-critical or even life-critical technologies need a replacement that:
- Is isolated from the public internet
- Is low latency
- Is uncontended
- Is ultra-reliable
- Comes with SLAs guaranteeing the speediest possible fix time in case of a problem
- Does not necessarily have to offer superfast data transfer
If your attempts to find a Kilostream replacement that ticks all of these boxes have been frustrating, you need to talk to a provider that really understands how to design, implement and manage resilient networks.
Beaming is well practiced in Kilostream replacement and can work with you to design an IP based solution that might combine point to point fibre, private networks and superfast broadband backup to deliver the always-on, secure connection you need. By moving to IP technology you’re not just replacing Kilostream, but upgrading to a more flexible, resilient option.
Our expert team will project manage your installation from start to finish and – bearing in mind the looming end of support date for Kilostream – have plenty of experience in working to tight deadlines.
Beaming’s support staff are all networking experts; they speak your language and get the job done. With a 5 hr 24/7/365 SLA in place, if something does go wrong (a very unlikely event) you won’t be left hanging.
With existing studio to transmitter link technologies being phased out, Wave FM wanted an innovative, high performance and ultra reliable solution to their STL problem.