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Ethernet vs T1 Comparison

Ethernet v. T1 Comparison - How to Choose Business Internet

Our table below compares T1 and Bonded T1s with MegaPath’s symmetrical Ethernet services.

 
 

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Ethernet vs T1 Comparison Table

  T1 and Bonded T1 Business Ethernet* Differences
Symmetry Symmetrical Bandwidth Symmetrical Bandwidth*  
Speeds T1: 1.5 Mbps Bonded T1: 3, 4.5, 6, 7.5, 10.5, 12 Mbps 2, 3, 5, 8, 10, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 Mbps, with higher speeds available at competitive prices Business Ethernet offers higher bandwidths at a lower cost.
SLAs 99.99% uptime SLA; increases to 100% with Proactive Monitoring and Failover 99.99% uptime SLA; increases to 100% with Proactive Monitoring and Failover  
Scalability Requires 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.
Reliability Link 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.
Availability Available 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 VoIP QoS with VoIP Similar performance on both.
Speed Fluctuation Dedicated speed will not fluctuate Speed 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 Connectivity T1 voice and data line is a form of Internet connection Builds upon standard Fast Ethernet LAN technology for simplicity and ease of connecting devices. Ethernet simplifies device connections.
Equipment All 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.

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Why Businesses Choose Ethernet Over T1

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-claFss 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 the need to change equipment.

Ethernet’s previous drawback was availability. But MegaPath is available nationwide, offering extensive Ethernet over Copper (EoC) coverage in the top 50 national markets. And while Ethernet over Copper availability does have distance limitations from the Central Office (CO), Ethernet over DS1 (EoDS1) provides the same speeds regardless of distance from CO. EoDS1 is not as readily available in all major markets, but its availability is quickly expanding. MegaPath also offers economical, Asymmetric Ethernet services for businesses with more intensive downstream than upstream bandwidth demands.

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–Rich Pappa, CIO, MCMC LLC.

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