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Fiber Too Expensive? Try EoC

As business applications become more and more demanding and dependent on IP and Ethernet protocols, Carrier Ethernet has emerged as the WAN technology of choice for enterprise access.  Carrier Ethernet promises an efficient, simple, scalable and cost-effective solution whether you are using it for dedicated internet access, connections to cloud applications, or VPN. 

Ethernet for business applications is estimated to grow substantially through 2015.  Of course, fiber optic connectivity is the preferred method service, but Ethernet over Copper (EoC) has become a strategic choice as well for its competitive price and service.  There are a few main reasons why companies may choose EoC, among them :

1.  It’s Ethernet.  Some new technologies promising broadband service may only be used for internet access or basic voice service.  Ethernet meets business-class symmetric service requirements, providing scalable, reliable and manageable features.  EoC delivers the service businesses have come to expect. 

2.  Fiber options may be very limited.  Currently only about 30% of businesses have access to fiber.  The cost to upgrade is very expensive, and it takes anywhere from 6-18 months to install.  Many companies do not want to wait that long, or invest so much money in the service.  Most facilities are connected to the legacy copper voice network, which makes it easy to transition to EoC in a matter of weeks.  Many providers have found they can increase speeds ten-fold with EoC, which may be enough for most companies.

3.  EoC is on par with fiber.  Nearly all service providers have multiple service classes, including many premium products,  in order to deliver the customer experience your company needs.  Most of them are able to provide a service equal to fiber-based Ethernet services.

4. Innovations in technology have advanced EoC capabilities.  New generations of EoC edge and aggregation equipment have increased capabilities to over 15 Mbps symmetric per copper pair, and providers can now deploy 200+ Mbps Ethernet.  This gives you the service at a fraction of the cost. 

The popularity of carrier Ethernet for business WAN service creates the demand that can’t be completely met with fiber.  Advances in EoC give businesses a good alternative that provides equal service at a fraction of the cost.

Choosing a Data Service for Your Business

A reliable internet connection that is fast enough for your employees to conduct everyday business is an absolute must for any business.  But which is the best business class option for your company?  In order to figure this out, you need to evaluate the needs of your business.

Do your employees just use the internet for email, quotes, and the like?  Or do they also perform high volumes of Web browsing? Or, like so many businesses today, do they also need to use the internet for high volumes of Web browsing,  video streaming service, and other voice and cloud-based applications?

T1, Bonded T1, and Business Ethernet are three connections that provide true business-class connectivity. They are widely available in major metropolitan areas. Business Ethernet is faster and generally more cost competitive than T1/Bonded T1 connections, and it has become a popular business-class connectivity option for companies, in fact in some markets it is even  outpacing T1 sales.  For businesses located in dense metropolitan areas, Ethernet over Copper (EoC) offers greater flexibility and provides the best connection speeds at the best prices.

An Agent or Broker can best assess your business needs and work on your behalf to be sure you have the most cost effective option that will meet all your needs and future growth.


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