Business Ethernet is synonymous with lightning fast speeds for Internet connections. With so many different names and aliases, however, it can get confusing for business owners that just need fast and reliable service. It is important to be able to differentiate between these different names to ensure timely and informed purchasing decisions.
Fast Ethernet Services
Fast Ethernet is geared toward customers that need Internet bandwidth that is less than 100 MB. With some carriers, however, fast Ethernet is offered at less than 50 MB. These services are mainly delivered via copper or fiber lines for businesses requiring fast connections. There are, however, some crucial aspects to know when opting for these services:
- Fast Ethernet is considered the most cost effective high-speed Internet option on the market today.
- These services are much faster than traditional T1 lines for new and existing businesses.
- While fast Ethernet only goes up to 100 MB, it is more cost efficient than multiple DS3 lines and circuits at 45 MB each.
Gigabit (GB) Ethernet
If a business needs more than 50-100 MB of bandwidth, GB Ethernet is the right choice. These services are exclusively delivered via fiber optics as opposed to conventional copper lines.
Metro Ethernet Services
Metro Ethernet, or Metro-E, is a service that is available in large cities or metropolitan areas, and the demand for it continues to soar. There are several benefits of using Metro-E, including:
- Much of its infrastructure is already in place to provide high levels of connectivity for local businesses.
- Installation times are faster than other services, and often the build-up costs are smaller or even waived.
- Metro Ethernet features several bandwidth and service options, making it the perfect choice for new and existing commercial ventures.
Ethernet over Copper Services
Ethernet over copper services are extremely cost efficient and offer better Internet connectivity than traditional T1 or bonded T1 lines. Like the name suggests, Ethernet is provisioned over traditional copper lines and installation usually takes around 40-50 days. This may seem long, but it is actually less than other larger Ethernet circuit installations for homes or businesses. And while the services cost less than larger bonded circuits and are easier to manage, it is important to note that bandwidth is limited to only 10-15 MB.
With so many Ethernet names and options available, the final verdict depends on client needs and goals. Contact us today to learn more about getting the right speeds – at the right prices.