If you’ve outgrown your current telecommunications system, you might be thinking about upgrading to T1 internet installed by Vergent. Your cloud services, business phone service, and overall telecommunications needs will depend upon quality T1 internet service, so it’s important to choose the most effective carrier. Here’s a brief rundown of the steps you’ll want to take in choosing your T1 internet service provider.

Comparing Quotes Between Providers

Conducting a comparison of service prices is an important piece of the puzzle, but it’s only a starting point as far as choosing the best T1 service provider is concerned. Your IT consulting partner can make recommendations on the most cost-effective services, but you may also want to get quotes by calling various providers to get a preliminary quote.

Consider: Getting preliminary quotes from several T1 service providers means you’ll have a good idea of the average cost for service and will recognize when a service provider is offering suspiciously low rates that could indicate subpar service. Another reason getting preliminary quotes from actual companies operating in your area is a good idea is because service costs vary in different geographical locations, and the speeds offered may even vary depending on your location.  A T1 connection can vary anywhere from $200 to $500 a month, and your company’s expenditures may be influenced by how much the organization must spend on its telecommunications services.

Why Do Businesses Choose T1 Internet?

Many businesses have had the internet for close to 20 years now but haven’t upgraded speed or technology for at least a decade. Upgrading to T1 internet is a step many companies take because it’s an “always on” type of service, which means there’s never any waiting to access the internet. Additionally, T1 also allows a company to expand its telecommunications services to feature Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, a virtual mail server, a web server, and other valuable services.

Consider: Upgrading to T1 will allow your business to combine voice and data services, which can mean a reduction in the overall cost of running the business month-to-month.

Another reason businesses choose T1 internet access is because installation can feature “bonded” T1 lines, which means upgrading data transmission capability is possible. Bonded lines can offer up to quadruple the data transmission capability.

Examine the Service Level Agreement (SLA) and Reputation

Internet service providers create Service Level Agreements (SLAs) as part of their service contracts, and it’s important to examine the SLAs for each T1 service provider under consideration. An SLA will explain the level of assured reliability, data rates, and latency. In addition to examining the contract literature that would come with a service agreement, taking a look at the company’s reputation is also a helpful way to choose a service provider. Companies like Vergent that install networking, telecommunications, and other similar services can provide excellent recommendations on T1 service providers, but it never hurts to conduct additional research. The internet is a good place to start to read reviews of various T1 service providers, but it’s important that you don’t make your decision based entirely from online reviews. Speaking directly with customer service agents from a T1 service provider can help you gauge the responsiveness of the company.

If you’re considering the installation of a T1 line at your business, get in touch with the telecommunications and networking experts at Vergent to discuss T1 options and the IT service and support provider that will meet your company’s needs best.