As the business world evolves to acclimatize both multiple locations and mobile workers, the ability to share important information becomes even more crucial. Embedded in software and hardware devices, Ethernet is a standard communications protocol that has become the accepted model for Local Area Networks (LANs) around the world.
Higher bandwidth for a lower price
MegaPath is the biggest privately held end-to-end, facilities-based provider serving small, medium, and enterprise businesses nationwide. MegaPath’s business Ethernet service offers more bandwidth – symmetrical bandwidths from 2 Mbps up to 45 Mbps – for much less cost than traditional Internet T1 or bonded Internet T1 services. This is due, in part, to the efficiency of the technology that is involved in transmitting higher bandwidths over conventional copper wiring.
How else does Ethernet compare to Internet T1 and bonded T1 service?
Both Ethernet and Internet T1/bonded T1 services provide provide reliable, high-speed connections, 99.99% uptime Service Level Agreements (SLAs), symmetrical bandwidth as well as Quality of Service (QoS) with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
A standard Internet T1 connection offers 1.5 Mbps. Each additional line that is bonded T1 line increases your transmission speed by another 1.5 Mbps. For example, two Internet T1 lines that are bonded together provide 3.0 Mbps, and three Internet T1 lines bonded together provide 4.5 Mbps, etc. It is possible to bond a large number of T1 lines together, however once you reach 10 to 12 Mbps it is often more cost effective to go with another solution, such as Ethernet, that can reach speeds as high as 10 Gbps (although speeds vary depending upon your provider and location).
That being said, while Ethernet offers both higher bandwidths and lower prices than Internet T1 and bonded T1 services, it does come with distance limitations. Internet and bonded T1 service is ubiquitous – available almost everywhere. Ethernet, on the other hand, has a nationwide footprint, but is limited to 7,000 – 9,000 ft from your provider’s Central Office (CO).
In a recent press release, the president of business markets for MegaPath, Dan Foster, addressed client’s demands, saying that the provider has “invested in our Ethernet over Copper network to help them maximize their connectivity investments without sacrificing their quality of service.”
If you’re interesting in learning more about Ethernet or Internet T1/bonded T1 services and how they can enhance your business, give one of our professional account managers a call today!