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Broadband Comparison

Compare Broadband Options to Select the Right Business Internet Service

Choosing business Internet connectivity starts with understanding how your employees will use it to support your business goals. You’ll find a range of business broadband options including T1, Bonded T1, and Business Ethernet to reliably support Voice over IP, streaming video, remote connectivity, cloud services, and other mission-critical applications.

  • Use the following broadband comparison table to help you match your company’s broadband connectivity needs with the right service.
  • Watch our Choosing a Data Services Provider video to learn more.

Business Ethernet

Symmetric Ethernet

Advantages

  • Robust SLAs; 99.99% guaranteed uptime (increases to 100% with Proactive Monitoring or Failover)
  • Symmetrical download and upload speeds to 135x135 Mbps
  • Mission-critical performance
  • Engineered to support Quality of Service
  • Loop bonding provides resiliency to ensure that if one loop in a bundle fails, the remaining circuits will continue to function
  • Faster speeds than bonded T1s at a lower cost
  • Dedicated vs. shared bandwidth
  • Nationwide availability

Best for...

Businesses that require more bandwidth than a bonded T1 for large file uploads and downloads, such as:

  • Multimedia applications, including voice and video
  • Remote workers connecting to a main office
  • Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
  • Server/application hosting

Asymmetric Ethernet

Advantages

True business-class alternative to cable service:

  • Business-class SLAs; 99.90% guaranteed uptime (increases to 99.99% with Proactive Monitoring and Failover)
  • Asymmetrical speeds up to 50x10 Mbps
  • Dedicated vs. shared bandwidth
  • Engineered to support Quality of Service
  • Nationwide availability
  • More reliable site prequalification than cable

Best for...

Businesses that need affordable service with fast download speeds, but don’t require fast upload speeds, such as:

  • Organizations without any servers on premises
  • Locations that run non-mission-critical applications
  • Branch offices that access applications from headquarters
  • Remote office locations that do not upload a lot of content

T1

Advantages

  • Robust SLAs; 99.99% guaranteed uptime (increases to 100% with Proactive Monitoring or Failover)
  • Symmetrical download and upload speeds of up to 12 Mbps with our Bonded T1 service
  • No distance-sensitivity from central office
  • Dedicated vs. shared bandwidth
  • Engineered to support Quality of Service
  • Nationwide availability

Best for...

Businesses that have multiple offices and need symmetrical upload and download speeds; also those that require mission-critical reliability. T1 provides the speed and performance necessary for Voice Services and multiple Internet users or users who download streaming media applications.

DSL

Advantages

  • Download speeds up to 20 Mbps
  • Cost-effective
  • 99.5% uptime guarantee

Best for...

Businesses that run primarily non-mission-critical applications and need affordable service with fast download speeds, but don't require fast upload speeds.

Compare different DSL options.

DS3/OCx

Advantages

  • Robust SLAs; 99.99% guaranteed uptime (increases to 100% with Proactive Monitoring or Failover)
  • Symmetrical bandwidth options up to multi-Gigabit speeds

Best for...

Businesses that require maximum performance, extreme speed, and service backed by robust SLAs and an expert customer support team.

Wireless

Advantages

  • 100% nationwide coverage
  • 3G and 4G LTE network technologies
  • Always-on access for business applications
  • Provides service to teleworkers and remote business locations
  • 1 Mbps download speeds and 100 kbps upload speeds
  • Routable static IP addressing

Best for...

Businesses that need an affordable business-class broadband connection for:

  • Remote workers and teleworkers
  • Remote locations where DSL and Cable access are unavailable
  • Temporary access at new locations while waiting for wireline broadband to be installed
  • A fully redundant backup solution

Satellite

Advantages

  • Offers an alternative to terrestrial access
  • Symmetrical bandwidth options up to multi-Gigabit speeds

Best for...

Businesses that have a highly distributed workforce and locations in areas where terrestrial access is unavailable. Also, businesses that want to supplement their traditional terrestrial access services.

Cable

Advantages

  • Extensive nationwide coverage

Best for...

Businesses looking for affordable yet high-bandwidth access that can tolerate best-effort service availability and unspecified uptime guarantees.

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Infographic: Broadband Roadmap

Selecting the right Internet service for your business starts with understanding how your employees will use your connection to accomplish your business goals. Our Infographic walks you through the choices.

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