Wednesday, August 10, 2011 | By: Dalia

What is the difference between Leased Line and VPN?

 leased line

A leased line is a symmetric telecommunications line connecting two locations. Unlike traditional PSTN lines it does not have a telephone number, each side of the line being permanently connected to the other. Leased lines can be used for telephone, data or Internet services.


A virtual private network (VPN) is a communications network tunneled through another network, and dedicated for a specific network. One common application is secure communications through the public Internet, but a VPN need not have explicit security features, such as authentication or content encryption. VPNs, for example, can be used to separate out the traffic of different user communities over an underlying network with strong security features.