High speed Internet comparisons
High speed Internet comparisons
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High speed Internet comparisons.
With so many broadband Internet choices and delivery mediums, comparing high speed Internet services and Internet service providers is cumbersome. Here we'll compare the most popular business broadband service offerings including, high capacity broadband choices (Fixed Wireless and fiber optics), copper-based services (T1, T3 and EoC) and "best effort" options (DSL, cable Internet).

To determine which broadband Internet service is right for your business, there are several factors to consider. Uptime, bandwidth, packet delivery, installation, scalability, service limitations, and Service Level Agreement (SLA) are key data points for determining the best high speed Internet service.

Business-grade broadband vs. residential-based high speed Internet.
If you rely on business Internet for mission critical operations such as VoIP, ERP, CRM, and other enterprise broadband applications, then you need a quality business-grade Internet service such as fiber optics or Fixed Wireless. Unlike a residential-based Internet service, a business-grade Internet service will deliver reliable broadband Internet with clear performance standards to ensure your real-time applications operate effectively. Committed Information Rate (CIR), uptime, packet delivery, latency and jitter are key performance measures critical to enterprise broadband applications.

Compare business-grade broadband services.
Companies rely primarily on commercial-grade broadband services. While best-effort residential Internet services are often positioned as inexpensive business Internet connections, they clearly do not meet the performance standards of a business broadband service, such as Skyriver Magnitude™ broadband. Companies that depend on broadband understand that a slow, inconsistent broadband connection with minimal customer support jeopardizes employee productivity, customer relations, and bottom-line revenue. Learn about business-grade broadband service options to choose the best Internet service for your needs.
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Skyriver Fixed Wireless Fiber Optics DS3 T1 EoC DSL Cable Internet
Bandwidth Dedicated Dedicated Dedicated Dedicated Dedicated Not Dedicated Not Dedicated
Typical Upload Capacity 250 Mbps 1 Gbps* 44 Mbps 1.5 Mbps** 25 Mbps Up To 1.5 Mbps Up To 50 Mbps
Typical Download Capacity 250 Mbps 1 Gbps* 44 Mbps 1.5 Mbps** 25 Mbps Up To 10 Mbps Up To 100 Mbps
CIR 100% 100% 100% 100% No No No
QoS Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
SLA Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Service Availability Readily Accessible Limited Limited Readily Accessible Readily Accessible Readily Accessible Readily Accessible
Provisioning Time 1-10 Days 60 Days, Often More 30 Days 25 Days 7-25 Days 5-10 Days 3-7 Days
Construction Requirement No Construction Often Requires Construction Often No Construction No Construction No Construction No Construction Often No Construction
Technical Support Best Better Good Good Good Very Limited Very Limited
* Most fiber optic connections are only able to deliver 100 Mbps capacity. ** Multiple T1 lines can be bonded to add capacity.

Broadband comparison charts


Skyriver Fixed Wireless Fiber Optics DS3 T1
Bandwidth Dedicated Dedicated Dedicated Dedicated
Typical Upload Capacity 250 Mbps 1 Gbps* 44 Mbps 1.5 Mbps**
Typical Download Capacity 250 Mbps 1 Gbps* 44 Mbps 1.5 Mbps**
CIR 100% 100% 100% 100%
QoS Supported Yes Yes Yes Yes
SLA Yes Yes Yes Yes
Service Availability Readily Accessible Limited Limited Readily Accessible
Provisioning Time 1-10 Days 60 Days, Often More 30 Days 25 Days
Construction Requirement No Construction Often Requires Construction Often No Construction No Construction
Technical Support Best Better Good Good


Skyriver Fixed Wireless EoC DSL Cable Internet
Bandwidth Dedicated Dedicated Not Dedicated Not Dedicated
Typical Upload Capacity 250 Mbps 25 Mbps Up To 1.5 Mbps Up To 50 Mbps
Typical Download Capacity 250 Mbps 25 Mbps Up To 10 Mbps Up To 100 Mbps
CIR 100% No No No
QoS Supported Yes Yes No No
SLA Yes Yes No No
Service Availability Readily Accessible Readily Accessible Readily Accessible Readily Accessible
Provisioning Time 1-10 Days 7-25 Days 5-10 Days 3-7 Days
Construction Requirement No Construction No Construction No Construction Often No Construction
Technical Support Best Good Very Limited Very Limited
*Most fiber optic connections are only able to deliver 100 Mbps capacity.
**Multiple T1 lines can be bonded to add capacity.

Broadband comparison chart



Skyriver Fixed Wireless Fiber Optics
Bandwidth Dedicated Dedicated
Typical Upload Capacity 250 Mbps 1 Gbps*
Typical Download Capacity 250 Mbps 1 Gbps*
CIR 100% 100%
QoS Supported Yes Yes
SLA Yes Yes
Service Availability Readily Accessible Limited
Provisioning Time 1-10 Days 60 Days, Often More
Construction Requirement No Construction Often Requires Construction
Technical Support Best Better
*Most fiber optic connections have a 100 Mbps capacity.


Choose the Internet service provider that best meets your needs.
Not only do you need to compare the features and benefits of high speed Internet, but you also need to compare Internet service providers. The most typical carriers are the phone and cable companies that try to have something for everyone, from residential to business alike. These carriers manage their large call volume from their diverse customer base by utilizing mega call centers with multi-level caller menus in hopes of minimizing human contact. The responsiveness of these Internet service providers is slow and cumbersome. Special requests such as custom installations, speedy provisioning, fast repair, and quick changes to bandwidth cannot be accommodated with these beheamoth organizations and legacy infrastructures.

Unlike these Internet providers, we are 100% focused on delivering the best business broadband Internet for small and medium businesses as well as enterprise. Our high-capacity business-grade Internet service is designed for dependability, efficiency, affordability and agility.

Businesses prefer our high-capacity Fixed Wireless broadband.
Our Skyriver Enterprise broadband is engineered for mission critical business applications such as cloud computing, streaming media, and VoIP. It outpaces other business broadband services in performance, agility and affordability, and it is the fastest and easiest premium-grade broadband service to install.

As a Skyriver customer, your broadband service is supported with knowledgeable and responsive technical support 24/7, exclusively trained to support business needs. The average speed of answer for customer support calls is less than 10 seconds. Our industry-leading SLA and 30-Day Customer Assurance Guarantee underscore our commitment to quality. Contact a Skyriver expert today.

More about broadband Internet choices.


Fixed Wireless
For companies that want affordable high performance broadband that is readily accessible, Fixed Wireless is a better option. Fixed Wireless compared to other commercial-grade broadband services offers significant benefits. Businesses choose Fixed Wireless services, such as Skyriver Enterprise for its high reliability, high capacity, premium performance, affordability and quick service provisioning.

Fixed Wireless utilizes a microwave-based technology to deliver reliable dedicated bandwidth, scalable up to 250 Mbps or more. Because the service does not require expensive construction like fiber Internet, Fixed Wireless is widely available and can be provisioned in a few days, verses the months or years that it may take for fiber services to be delivered.
Skyriver Fixed Wireless Advantages
  • High capacity broadband
  • Dedicated bandwidth
  • Easy scalability
  • Supports QoS
  • Ethernet hand-off
  • SLA guaranteed
  • Readily available
  • Provisions in as little as a day

Disadvantages
  • Not well-known

Fiber optics
Fiber optics is one of the best-known high capacity broadband connections. While there are cheap residential services like FiOS and U-verse that make use of fiber optics, they are not business-grade broadband services and are not included in this fiber Internet comparison.

Business-grade fiber Internet, as well as Fixed Wireless, including Skyriver Magnitude Fixed Wireless millimeter wave, deliver high-performance broadband suitable for both voice and data transport. High uptime, high packet delivery and low latency make it suitable for real-time applications like VoIP. Bandwidth is easily scalable up to gigabit Ethernet.

The biggest disadvantage to fiber is service availability. More than 80% of commercial buildings lack fiber accessibility. Given the high cost and long construction times to lay fiber, businesses often wait years hoping that fiber Internet will be delivered to their building. Even when fiber is as close as the next building, fiber Internet carriers may not extend their fiber network to a new building due to the high build-out cost.
Advantages
  • High capacity broadband
  • Dedicated bandwidth
  • Affordable at higher speeds
  • Easy scalability
  • Supports QoS
  • SLA guaranteed

Disadvantages
  • Limited availability
  • Often requires costly construction
  • 60 days, often more to provision

T1 Lines
A T1 line is a business-grade service that provides guaranteed symmetrical bandwidth. (Upload speed is the same as download speed.) A dedicated T1 line transmits data at a rate of 1.5 Mbps. For higher speeds, T1 lines can be bonded. Two T1 lines transmit data at a rate of 3.0 Mbps, four T1 lines 6.0 Mbps, and so on.

While T1 lines are stable, they are an outdated broadband service. T1 lines are not an affordable scalable Ethernet solution. T1 lines are one of the most expensive broadband options available on a per Mbps basis. The price of bonding just three T1 lines (4.5 Mbps) can be more expensive than 10 Mbps Skyriver Enterprise service. Many companies find the added equipment required to bond T1 lines cumbersome, the limited flexibility to scale bandwidth to future needs objectionable, and the price unaffordable.

A T3 connection, which is also referred to as DS3, is equal to the capacity of 28 T1 connections, delivering a speed of 44 Mbps.
Advantages
  • Dedicated bandwidth
  • SLA guaranteed
  • Supports QoS

Disadvantages
  • Limited speed
  • Bonding equipment required for speeds above 1.5 Mbps
  • Limited scalability
  • 25 days to install

Ethernet over Copper
Ethernet over Copper (EoC) is bonded DSL. In order to compete with higher speed Internet service offerings, such as Fixed Wireless and fiber optics, phone companies have bonded copper wires, and remarketed the faster DSL connections under a new name: Ethernet over Copper. EoC can potentially deliver speeds up to 25 Mbps. But typical EoC speeds are under 10 Mbps. Like DSL, EoC is distance sensitive - locations further away from the central office will have lower available Internet speeds.

Since EoC relies on the existing copper infrastructure of the phone company, the performance is also highly impacted by the quality and condition of the legacy copper wires. Poor wire condition leads to poor speed, increased latency and higher packet loss.
Advantages
  • Affordable cost
  • Dedicated bandwidth
  • Quick provisioning
  • SLA guaranteed

Disadvantages
  • Limited download speed
  • Limited upload speed
  • Speed is distance limited
  • Aged copper infrastructure affects quality
  • Telco operator support

Best-effort Internet services dare to compare to high-capacity Internet services.
Phone companies and cable companies hoping to attract small business Internet users have long promoted their residential-based services as "appropriate for business". In contrast to commercial-grade high-speed Internet, best-effort services such as DSL and cable Internet, vary significantly depending on the carrier's current customer traffic.

Since the bandwidth is not dedicated, but shared by many users, performance is not guaranteed. In fact, carriers of these services gamble with their customers' broadband experiences, hoping that only a fraction of their customer base will be online at a given time. This practice, known as "over subscription planning" helps delay network expansion costs and keep customer costs cheap. Small businesses hoping to save with DSL and cable Internet service often find that the inconsistent speeds, low upload speed, poor customer support and slow repair time are significantly more consequential than the few dollars saved on lower monthly fees.
DSL & Cable Internet
Advantages
  • Cheap cost
  • Quick provisioning

Disadvantages
  • No performance guarantee
  • Low reliability
  • High risk of significant down time
  • No SLA
  • No QoS/ unsuitable for real-time services
  • Telco operator support
  • Speed is distance limited (DSL)
  • Slow upload speeds