The first questions you have to ask yourself when deciding whether T1 Service or Metro Ethernet is the best fit for your business are:
Where are you located?
How much bandwidth do you need?
If you live in a metro area, chances are you can upgrade your standard T1 service to Metro Ethernet and get more bandwidth for a lower cost. If you’re running your business in a rural location, Metro Ethernet is probably not a cost-effective option for you-–you’d be better of sticking with your T1 lines.
Both Metro Ethernet and T1 lines can deliver internet
access and point to point private lines between business locations. The difference between the two lies primarily in the amount of bandwidth each type of line can deliver. The maximum speed of a single T1 line is 1.5 Mbps each. To get additional bandwidth, companies have traditionally bundled T1 lines to increase capacity. Two T1 lines yields 3 Mbps, three T1 lines yield 4.5 Mbps and so on.
However, Metro Ethernet service is available in a variety of bandwidth options from 1.5 Mbps to 10 Gbps. The connection is scalable up and down, which means you can easily upgrade or downgrade as your business needs change, and all it takes is a single call to your provider. The highest speed you can achieve depends on your distance from the carrier’s location.
At Vergent, T1 lines in Dallas are available from $149 a month, and T1 service nationwide is available from $189 a month. In contrast, Vergent delivers Metro Ethernet starting from 1.5mbps for $99 per month. Prices vary by location.
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