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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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T1 Access to the Web

T1 access is a service that is a digital transmission which carries voice and/or data.  T1 is also referred to as “dedicated service”, as it is service delivered to and from the customer’s premises from the CO (Central Office) without combining it with any other traffic.  T1 connection is made when a “loop” or wire from the enduser’s premises goes to the CO where the service provider has equipment.  Part of the associated monthly fee of a T1 is the “loop charge” which is essentially a rental fee for the wire from the local phone company.  This is how the connection reaches the carrier’s network.

T-1 provides a high speed, point-to-point digital transmission line (up to 1.544 Mbps). This can be used as a single high-speed data channel or it can be split into 24 channels and allocated to either voice or data applications. It is widely deployed and readily available in most regions.  Because the CO rents the loop from the LEC (Local Exchange Carrier), the price may be determined by distance from the CO, although service is not diminished by any distance. T1 is currently the most common way that large companies connect their LAN to the internet.

How do you know if you are ready for T1 service? If you have critical services that need a reliable connection internet you will want to use T1.   If you run ASP services, host e-mail servers or web servers, have over 20 people accessing the internet or use video on demand you will want to use T1 service. It is more expensive than DSL, but T1 access is geared  toward supporting the above applications. When you begin shopping for T1 service you should consider using a broker or agent to help you with your search.  These experts will work in your best interest and help you get exactly what you need.