Monday, September 27, 2010

Does Your Business Have a Need For T1 Line Service?

Many businesses have a need for a high speed internet connection to maintain their business continuity, so most businesses have turned to T1 lines. T1 lines offer bi-directional speeds of 1. 544 Mbps on a dedicated private line. There are several different flavors of T1 lines. A voice T1 line allows for 24 channels all dedicated to phone service. An integrated T1 line takes both voice and data bring them together in one T1 line. A bonded T1 line combines several T1 lines together into one big dedicated T1 line.
The cost of utilizing T1 lines is dependent on how many companies are in the surrounding area that are offering T1 services and the distance of the entire loop that the data has to travel. It is typical for a business to pay anywhere from $199 to $775 per month for their internet connectivity. This type of internet connection possesses the ability to grow along with a business. It must be noted that it can be rather time consuming to upgrade.
With a struggling economy, businesses are looking cut corners where they can. Fiber optic technology is trying to give the older coaxial cabling a run for its money. Fiber optics can handle data, voice and video traffic with ease. Even during incidents of high traffic congestion, fiber optics can handle all three media forms and not degrade the speed of transmission.
The downfall to fiber optic technology is the fact that it is not available to all areas. Although it is less costly from month to month, the actual cost of roll out to the customer can be rather pricey.
DSL is another technology to look at and compare to T1 technology. DSL claims to have to have some of the fastest speeds out there on the market at a lower cost. At first glance, DSL lives up to its claim. A closer look does reveal that the claims may not deliver everything that is being promised. DSL is a shared technology, so transfer speeds will vary throughout the day. DSL is not bi-directional so the speed will differ greatly between uploading and downloading. Downloading a file can be as quick as 1.5 Mbps; however, uploading can go as slow as 256k. DSL also experiences downtimes of unacceptable lengths of time.
T1 maybe be a little more costly than fiber or DSL technology but because if its speed, constant reliability and widespread accessibility a T1 line is often the better buy.
The author Ron Legarski is a business consultant for professional agencies that offer T1 Line services.

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