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By: John Shepler
What's all the hub-bub about T1? Why should
smaller businesses consider T1 voice and data service? Could
I be paying too much for T1 services that I already have? You
have good questions. At T1 Rex we can help.
Let's start at the beginning. T1 is the most popular in a family
of high speed digital services originally invented for the Bell
System. The "trunk carriers" were developed to pack
two dozen phone calls on a single line connecting telephone company
offices. Higher speed T3 and faster lines can carry hundreds
of phone calls on coaxial copper and optical fiber cables.
It wasn't until the deregulation of the
telephone industry in the mid-1980's that T1 became available
for use by large companies for consolidating telephone lines
and transferring massive amounts of computer data between office
sites. High costs of these specialized lines and their associated
equipment meant only large corporations had T1 lines.
Now It's T1 for Every Business
The technology boom of the 1990's brought us the spread of the
Internet and new telephone technologies for smaller businesses.
Internet service providers use T1 lines to connect the Internet
to dial-in modem banks and wireless hotspots. Competitive businesses
need T1 lines to support web servers and email servers. T1 also
connects PBX phone systems and dedicated lines for Intranets
and Virtual Private Networks. The costs of both the T1 lines
and the routers and PBX systems that connect to them have dropped
dramatically in price. Now, T1 Rex is able to offer a specialized
search engine that helps you search for the best T1 line prices
available for your location. This is the perfect time to consider
T1 for your business communication needs.
Why is T1 Technology Right for Most
T1 is supplied on two pairs of ordinary telephone wire, just
like the telephone wires that plug into your telephone. The wires
themselves are installed and maintained by local telephone companies.
In fact, you probably already have the wires you need coming
to your building. T1 can be provisioned just about anywhere you
can run telephone wires. That means rural locations and less
technically built-out areas can have T1 where other services,
such as DSL, are not available. Compared to consumer grade Internet
services, T1 is also highly reliable digital service. You can
often get a service availability guarantee to ensure that your
vital communications links will be up and running when you need
them. T1 is proven, professional grade digital line service that
won't let you down when you need it most.
What is T1 Used For?
The versatility of T1 is one of its strongest advantages. T1
is a digital service. It consists of 24 channels that are combined
into a single data stream of 1.544 Mbps. All 24 channels can
be used to supply a high speed Internet service. Or 23 telephone
calls and data such as caller ID and signaling can be carried
on a single T1 line. This is a common arrangement with PBX systems.
You can also specify "Integrated" voice and data service,
where half the channels are used for telephone calls and the
other half are used for Internet service...on a single line.
Who is T1 Most Appropriate For?
Call centers, legal offices, insurance
companies, medical facilities, universities, school districts,
banks and credit unions, Internet service providers and companies
with their own web and email servers or PBX systems are likely
to find T1 service financially attractive. Even if you've never
had T1 service before, recent price reductions could make T1
right for your business.
Do you spend more than $300 a month for
your telephone and Internet services? Do you have 10 or more
people in your office using at least 6 phone lines? Are you tired
of "consumer grade" digital services that are giving
you unreliable service? If so, T1 lines may be right for you.
Many smaller business offices can now enjoy the cost savings
and reliability of T1 service.
Note that many people living in rural areas inquire about the availability of T1 as a home broadband service. It's not really appropriate, both because of the cost that starts at around $300 a month and varies by location and because carriers will only install T1 and other business telecom services to companies with their own business addresses.
How About Ethernet?
Ethernet over Copper uses the same twisted pair copper lines but a new transmission technology to boost bandwidth. For about the same price as a T1 line, you can get 3 Mbps EoC service (2x the bandwidth). Ethernet over Fiber is an even better deal, with excellent pricing on bandwidths from 10 Mbps on up to 10 Gbps.
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