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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 Internet Access For Dummies

Although T1 internet access has been around for over 40 years, since deregulation in 1996 the number has jumped from a few dozen to several thousand.  Many of these companies are trying to stay afloat by capturing as many customers as possible with inexpensive products that they claim are T1.  Be sure you are educated in order to make wise decisions!

Beware of any products that may have titles such as “burstable” or “reach”.  These products are oversubscribed much like a DSL product.  This means the provider puts a single T1 connection in a CO (Central Office) and sells T1 connections to 3 or 4 customers hoping they don't all use the service at the same time. True T1 access means dedicated access to the internet and you always have access to 1.54Mbps.  As more and more companies are getting desperate for a piece of the market pie, you will find this practice quite widespread.

There are a few things you can do to protect yourself. Make sure your T1 product is a "clear channel" product and is not shared with other users. Also be sure you have an SLA,  or Service Level Agreement from your provider. An SLA will specify the access you will receive and the penalty the service provider will pay if they do not provide such service. If your company does not employ someone who can be sure to establish the proper SLA, do yourself a favor and seek the help of a professional. You will be much better off to pay a small fee up front than to be stuck in a  long term contract with an inferior carrier. Professional assistance is also available free of charge through many of the  T1 brokers on the internet.