Comparing High Speed Internet Alternatives.
When it comes to high speed Internet, there are a number of high speed Internet options to consider. For those not in the broadband technology industry, this abundance of terms can be confusing. For that reason, we’re offering up a quick review and comparisons for some of the most popular high speed Internet alternatives. Today, in our first post on Comparing High Speed Internet Alternatives, we’re discussing services provided by phone companies.
One of the earliest broadband Internet technologies developed by the phone companies is DSL (Digital Subscriber Line). DSL technology operates over ordinary copper wiring, and is a “best effort” speed. In other words, the service has no guarantees or service level assurances. Additionally, the service and the speed is limited by the distance of the customer from the phone company’s Central Office. Thus, not all customers have access to the same speed DSL. DSL typically provides downstream speeds of 128 Kbps to 3 Mbps, while the upsteam speeds are slower.
Another early broadband Internet connection is the T1 line. The T1, originally created to carry 24 voice channels, has been adapted for data as well as voice. Like DSL, data is carried over the same copper wires that deliver your phone service. A dedicated T1 line provides high speed Internet at a rate of 1.544 Mbps in both directions. A significant advantage with T1s is that it is available to many businesses without any additional construction or wiring.
For businesses requiring more speed, they can bond T1s together via special hardware. A bonded T1 delivers high speed Internet at a rate of 3 Mbps upstream and downstream, 4 T1s deliver 6 Mbps, and so on. Typically, no more than 6 T1s are bonded together as the added equipment required is costly and cumbersome for the customer.
In addition to T1s, phone companies offer DS3s, also called a T3 connection, which is 28 T1 connections. This high speed Internet connection delivers 44 Mbps upstream and downstream. Fractional DS3s are also available if 44 Mbps is too robust.
EOC (Ethernet Over Copper)
Ethernet over copper is yet another high speed Internet connection that utilizes bonded copper wires for increased speed, offered by telecom companies. Equipment placed at both ends of the service allows the intertwined copper wires to deliver symmetrical service with typical speeds of 10 Mbps or less, assuming you are relatively close to the service office. Like DSL, EOC is distance sensitive, so locations further away from the service office will have lower available speeds.
In addition to the high speed Internet connections offered by telecom providers, there are a number of other broadband connections that should be considered. Factors such as availability, speed, uptime, packet delivery, Service Level Agreement, technical support, as well as cost should all be considered.
Look for our next post on Comparing High Speed Internet Alternatives, where we talk about additional broadband Internet services.
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