Monday, August 09, 2010

When Does T1 Bandwidth Make Sense For Your Business Voice / Data Network?

When would you choose T1 Bandwidth for your network solution over say DSL or DS3 Bandwidth .... and why/why not? What are the pros and cons for and against?

T1 is dedicated bandwidth speed. DSL is not dedicated and can fluctuate .... and also speed varies based on your distance to the Central Office. T1's for data or voice are expensive. If you have the option, I'd go cable for data. Although cable isn't dedicated either, you could get about 10megs with cable for the same price you'd pay for a 1.5meg data T1. I guarantee that even if cable fluctuates, you'll still have more that 1.5megs of bandwidth.

One of the issues with fluctuating bandwidth is that users get spoiled when speed is quick, and when it gets slower your IT department starts getting help desk calls from users complaining about speed.

Cable isn't necessarily an enterprise solution and therefore isn't quite as reliable as a T1. If reliability is your #1 concern... then go T1. If you're willing to take speed and price over reliability, then cable is great.

As a large enterprise, I'd even look at MetroE (Metro Ethernet) which is a new delivery method for data and provides lightning speeds. I have a client with MetroE, they pay less than a DS3 and get 100megs of data speed. A MPLS (Multi Protocol Label Switching) MetroE can transmit data and voice. If you have this same type of circuit from the same carrier delivered to another location, you'll have yourself a WAN (Wide Area Network).

A DS3 is nothing more than 28 T1's. A lot of capability if you need it.

I personally dislike DSL because it's not a reliable business product for most companies over 10 users. So choose carefully.

For help in finding the best voice/data network solution .... with consideration for T1 Bandwidth .... take advantage of the free help from here: T1 Bandwidth

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