Modern businesses place significant demands on their telecommunications systems, and upgrading networking capability, as well as the business phone systems that rely upon the network means sifting through various options like T1 and Ethernet. If you’re ready to upgrade your business’s networking, you’ll probably need to know the benefits of Metro Ethernet and T1 so that you can figure out which is best for your company. Here’s a quick comparison of the two options.


T1 Speed Versus Metro Ethernet Speed

The first question invariably asked about a service that connects a business to the internet is its top speed. T1 internet offers 1.5 Mbps while bonded T1 offers a range from 3 Mbps to 12 Mbps. “Mbps” is short for megabits per second, and it’s a measure of your network’s data transfer speed.

Metro or “Business” Ethernet offers a higher larger range of bandwidths from 2 Mbps to 45 Mbps. However, faster speeds are possible in some markets at competitive prices. Overall, Metro Ethernet usually provides higher bandwidth options at a lower cost.


Are T1 and Metro Ethernet Scalable Services?

An important concept in today’s business world is scalability. Will the investments a company makes today in its telecommunications, networking, and business phone service offer affordable upgrades, or will the process require significant additional investment? Generally, T1 and Bonded T1 require equipment upgrades and the process of upgrading service costs more than Metro Ethernet. In most cases, business or Metro Ethernet costs less to scale up, and it’s also faster and easier to upgrade.


SLAs and Reliability for T1 and Metro Ethernet

Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with T1 and Metro Ethernet are generally at 99.99% with an increase to 100% with certain added services.  SLAs are usually identical whether you choose T1 or Metro Ethernet. As far as reliability is concerned, most networking experts would suggest Business Ethernet provides greater reliability because it’s a newer technology with more throughput than T1. If there is a problem with any line in a T1 setup, the entire connection can destabilize. The looping of a Metro Ethernet connection reduces the likelihood of line failure due to an impediment.


Long Term Costs of T1 Versus Metro Ethernet

The initial cost of setting up T1 versus Metro Ethernet is an important topic to discuss with your networking professional, but it’s not the only cost that’s important. Metro Ethernet is considered less labor intensive than a T1 line as far as maintenance is concerned, which means it costs less to maintain an Ethernet line than a T1 line. Additionally, it’s possible to save money with Metro Ethernet because a business must only pay for the amount of bandwidth required by the company. A T1 line is fast, but the cost is static, and a company may end up paying more money than is necessary for excess bandwidth.


Is T1 or Metro Ethernet a Better Deal?

One of the reasons why Metro Ethernet is seeing such rapid growth when compared to T1 is because of the cost savings, ultra-fast bandwidth potential, and long-term affordability. Utilizing Metro Ethernet means a company can upgrade, expand, and scale up its operations with significant and further investment in technology infrastructure. Despite the many advantages of using Metro Ethernet, it’s still beneficial for businesses to speak with a telecommunications company like Vergent to ensure the right service is chosen.

Vergent provides expert consulting and installation of business phone systems, as well as a full range of managed IT services and upgrades. Contact Vergent for more information on whether your business would benefit most from T1, Metro Ethernet, or another telecommunications and data option.