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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 Bandwidth is Getting Cheaper!

Think you have seen the end of price erosion for T1 bandwith?  Think again.  Although it has been widely believed that the end was near, prices continue to fall.  Service providers are fighting for new customers to fill their pipes amidst stiffer competition than ever.  Lets take a look at some of the reasons for this continued trend so you can be prepared to negotiate the best possible price on T1 bandwith.

As more and more small companies are going out of business, we see that the larger telecommunications companies are fighting to pick up their customers.  Where before we have seen that service providers were willing to loose margin, now we are seeing some that are coming very close to the edge of selling circuits at a loss, and many have even gone beyond this point.   As the race for the rock bottom pricing for T1 bandwith continues, many providers are finding that selling at a loss does not create a long lasting and healthy company despite high sales numbers.  Many companies selling at a loss are finding themselves in bankruptcy and this trend threatens to repeat as they have not learned the lesson the first time.  Therefore, one of your main considerations when looking for a bargain should be solvency of the T1 bandwith provider. 

Also, we are now finding that more and more companies are oversubscribing T1 service connections as though they were DSL connections.  This means that all T1’s are not created equal ~ you may not get the bandwith you thought you were going to get.    Over time many providers have come to the conclusion ( with good reason ) that customers are concerned first about the price and somewhere down the list about the quality of service.  So when looking for the best prices be sure that you also review the SLA (Service Level Agreement) to ensure that the contract protects you and guarantees you will get the bandwith to which they committed.  This is one area where you truly may get what you pay for...be sure to research your options carefully.