Monday, July 09, 2007

Fractional Or Full DS3 Bandwidth....What's Best For You?

The question is, if you're always hungry enough to eat 8 slices of pizza, do you order 8 individual slices? Or do you order a whole pie?

Consistency is key to your costs. If your bandwidth requirements will fluctuate wildly, fractional may be the way to go, so you pay for what you use. But if you're needs consistently encroach the 45Mbps available in a DS3, why slice it into 28 or 672 pieces?

With either option (fractional vs. full), you still have to pay for an full DS3 local loop. Many tier 1 carriers like MCI/Verizon Business offer burstable options, which give you the best of both worlds. You get the full DS3 if you need it, but only pay for average usage (based on 95th percentile). Also, most tier 1 carriers, where available (more common in "lit" buildings), offer ethernet-based services, where the underlying circuit may indeed be a DS3 or OC3, but the handoff connection to you is a 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet port, which you plug into your router, firewall, or switch. From there, you can provision as much bandwidth as needed.

Whether your need is fractional or full DS3...or even OC3 or can get free assistance in finding the right solution from Simply go to this website and submit your details. They'll do the research for you and give you the best answer for your application(s).

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