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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.


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An OC3 line is an ultra high-speed connection capable of transmitting data at rates up to 155 Mbps. OC3 lines are found with some ISP's, large corporations and universities, and any other application that has an unusually high volume of traffic that can't be handled by a DS3. An OC3 is so large that some ISP's use this as the backbone to their network. If you are thinking that you may require OC3 service we recommend that you contact an professional that has experience in these applications.

There may be someone in your organization that is an expert when it comes to network connections and data applications, however  you will still want to use the services of an expert when it comes to negotiations for connections and pricing. This consultant would be a  broker or independent agent with experience in these areas. This person would be an expert on the  ever-changing technology as well as in his or her knowledge of carriers, their networks, their strengths and weaknesses and also have a great working relationship with the responsible parties at each company. You can save a lot of money down the road by spending a relatively small amount up front as you will definitely be sure you are getting the best deal possible.

If you use an expert broker,  you will definitely have an opportunity to achieve significant cost reductions in your OC3 service. A broker does not charge any fees to the end user and they do not mark up the price of the service. A broker works on a commission basis in a sense as they are paid by the company which you decide to sign up with for your service. These carriers do not have inside sales reps, so they compensate the broker instead and you receive the same pricing  as though you went direct.  Also,  the agent or broker is also paid on a residual basis which means that he or she is interested in maintaining the longevity of your account and the level of your service.