You may have wondered what a business T1 line really is - here’s the low-down. Before we get to business internet service options, let’s just spend a couple of minutes trying to understand what a T1 line and T1 connection are.
First, a T1 internet connection comprises 24 digital channels or fractions, each capable of carrying 64 kilobytes per second (Kbps) symmetrically, meaning you can upload and download 64 Kilobytes simultaneously, each second. So a ‘Full T1’ with all the 24 channels enabled can give you 64 x 24 = 1536 kilobytes/sec. As an expression of internet connectivity speed, this would be equivalent of 1.5 Mbps (megabits) per second.
A dedicated T1 line gives you, exclusively, either the entire 24 channels or a fraction thereof, where you lease one or more of the 24 channels available per line. A small business for example could lease a full T1 line and share the 24 lines among a hundred concurrent users, without sacrificing browsing speed (of course, unless a good chunk of them are on YouTube or downloading Mp3’s which, is obviously not allowed in most places).
The primary advantage of a Business T1 line is not merely its inherent ability to give you ‘fast’ internet access. By virtue of how your facility is connected to the ISP, via a dedicated cable, there is a significantly reduced Internet Security risk, as well as less risk of slowdowns that would otherwise result from a shared access line.
The added advantages of a T1 service over DSL service are greater availability and stringent Service Level Agreements (SLAs).
Depending on how much bandwidth you need, there are a wide variety of options available for Business T1 service users these days.
As the name suggests, here you lease a fraction of the full T1 line. You can lease anywhere between 1 and 23 of the channels a T1 line can provide. There is however, a break-even point that you calculate—after a certain fraction, it becomes less expensive to just buy the full T1.
While a Full Business T1 line may cost as much as $500 a month, to hire one or two channels can bring the cost down so much, it could be cheaper than a higher-end DSL. Again, its advantages are both cost as well as the security of having a dedicated connection to the ISP.
Here again, true to its name a Full T1 line is all 24 channels of the T1 connection dedicated to one recipient (who can always split it into as many channels as required).
For users who need this kind of bandwidth, it’s great to have a Business T1 line as opposed to a few DSL connections.
Now it gets even better. We may have told you that a T1 line can give you 1.5 Mbps of symmetric data transfer. A bonded T1 connection is an Internet Connection that has multiple T1 lines bonded, behaving like one super internet connection that can provide speeds of up to 6 Mbps. Business that require high data transfer like those having online CRM applications and ERPs that require remote access, IT companies, and most necessarily all eCommerce companies, would need the kind of bandwidth that only a bonded T1 connection can provide.
The cost here again is a huge factor since the alternative to a bonded T1 is a fractional or full T3 connection which can burn very big holes into the pockets of a small or medium sized business. While the options are seemingly endless, there is one option that would best suit your unique needs. With a little research or with a trusted provider, you can get the best that a Business T1 service can offer, at a reasonable cost.
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