Compare Ethernet and T1

Many businesses ask if Ethernet or T1 is better.

Ethernet is typically the superior choice when considering speed, scalability, service level agreements (SLAs), technology, equipment needs, and cost.

T1, bonded T1, and DS3 access circuits remain viable choices for many network locations and applications. But, where it is available, Business Ethernet is a superior choice for symmetrical business-class bandwidth up to 1 Gbps. Business Ethernet shares the same business-class SLAs as a T1 line, but offers higher bandwidths at a lower cost, partially due to the efficiency of the technology. Unlike T1 lines, Ethernet uses Ethernet First Mile (EFM) bonding techniques, which provide for a more resilient service offering ensuring that if one loop in a bundle fails the remaining circuits will continue to function. Business Ethernet is also easier, faster, and less expensive to scale than a T1 line usually without a change required in equipment.

Available nationwide, Ethernet’s previous drawback was availability. MegaPath offers extensive Ethernet over Copper coverage, with service in the top 50 national markets. Ethernet over Copper availability does have distance limitations from the Central Office (CO), while Ethernet over DS1 (EoDS1) provides the same speeds regardless of distance from CO. EoDS1 is not as readily available in all major markets, however its availability is quickly expanding. MegaPath also offers economical, asymmetrical Ethernet services which are ideal for businesses with locations that have much more intensive downstream than upstream bandwidth demands.

The following table compares T1 and Bonded T1s with MegaPath’s symmetrical Ethernet services.

Ethernet and T1 Service Comparison

 T1 and Bonded T1Business Ethernet*Differences
SymmetrySymmetrical BandwidthSymmetrical Bandwidth* 
SpeedsT1: 1.5 Mbps Bonded T1: 3, 4.5, 6, 7.5, 10.5, 12 Mbps2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 Mbps, with higher speeds available at competitive pricesBusiness Ethernet offers higher bandwidths at a lower cost.
SLAs99.99% uptime SLA; increases to 100% with Proactive Monitoring and Failover99.99% uptime SLA; increases to 100% with Proactive Monitoring and Failover 
ScalabilityRequires additional equipment and is more costly.Customer CPE does not need to be changed to increase bandwidth.Business Ethernet is easier, faster, and less expensive to scale than a T1 or DS3.
ReliabilityLink bonding: older technology with less throughput. An impediment in any one of the lines can impact the whole connection.Loop bonding; Newer technology with greater throughput. If one loop fails, bandwidth remains available (i.e., it doesn’t impact the entire connection).Loop bonding delivers more efficient bandwidth use and improved reliability.
AvailabilityAvailable nationwide in 365 U.S. metro areas. Call for international availability.Available nationwide. EoC is distance-dependent from CO. EoDS1 provides the same speeds regardless of distance from CO. Call for international availability.EoC has distance limitations. EoDS1 and T1 do not.
Quality of Service (QoS)QoS with VoIPQoS with VoIPSimilar performance on both.
Speed FluctuationDedicated speed will not fluctuateSpeed will not fluctuate. The maximum speed of Ethernet over Copper service depends on distance from CO; once delivered, the speed does not fluctuate.The maximum speed of the Ethernet over Copper service depends on the distance; once delivered, the speed doesn’t fluctuate.
Access ConnectivityT1 voice and data line is a form of Internet connectionBuilds upon standard Fast Ethernet LAN technology for simplicity and ease of connecting devices.Ethernet simplifies device connections.
EquipmentAll required hardware provided by MegaPath.Uses your existing infrastructure and requires only one piece of hardware, a less expensive router.Ethernet typically requires a lower-cost router.

* This table compares MegaPath’s Ethernet over Copper (EoC) and Ethernet over DS1 (EoDS1) with T1 service capabilities. MegaPath also offers asymmetrical Ethernet services which are not represented in this table.

MegaPath Advantages

  • MegaPath offers expansive Ethernet over Copper coverage throughout the U.S.
  • Symmetrical Speeds up to 1 Gbps. Symmetrical bandwidth means you get the same speed for upload and download which is very important if you transfer files in both directions.
  • Dedicated bandwidth which means just that – what you order is for your use only – not shared with other nearby businesses.
  • Highly scalable. Keeps up with constant demands for increasing bandwidth – usually without costly truck roll or change in CPE.
  • SLA guarantees 99.99% uptime for symmetrical bandwidth, which improves to 100% with Proactive Monitoring and Failover services (optional).
  • Affordable pricing – save up to 50% over comparable T1 service.
  • Easy installation.
  • Lower-cost, asymmetrical bandwidth options—with speeds up to 50x10 Mbps—are also available for locations with greater downstream than upstream bandwidth demands, such remote offices that use non-mission critical applications and/or locations that do not have servers on site.

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