Why Chicago T1 Connections
are Downright Cheap
T1 line prices in the Chicago
area have plummeted recently, making them practical for many
Chicago, Illinois occupies a strategic
position in the middle of the country, making it a logical point
of presence for just about all competitive telecom vendors. With
the expansion of fiber optic networks, the term GigaPop or gigabit
point of presence is becoming more popular. In fact, Chicago
is a GigaPop for Abilene, the high speed research network also
known as Internet2.
Here are some examples of competitive carrier
networks running through Chicago. XO runs an national OC-192
IP backbone running at 10 Gbps with OC-12 uplinks in the Chicago
metro area. Megapath has a POP with 2 x GigE circuits to destinations
on the East and West coasts. Broadwing's all-optical network
POP offers ATM, Frame Relay, Dedicated Internet, private lines
and Ethernet access. Other carriers such as Sprint and ACC Business
also offer the full spectrum of telecommunications transport
services for small business to major corporations.
The Reason T1 Prices Have Tumbled in
The trickle-down effect of so much high speed bandwidth from
many competing carriers is that lower speed services such as
DS3 and T1 lines are no longer the exclusive and pricey options
affordable only by large businesses and educational facilities.
They T1 line you order today might cost as little as half what
it did a year or two ago.
Just in time, too. Downtown and suburban
Chicago businesses of all sizes have a growing need for digital
connectivity. T1 lines are essential for point of sale transactions,
financial reporting, PBX phone systems, voice and data convergence
using VoIP, point to point virtual networks, and dedicated Internet
Types of T1 Line Services Available
T1 lines come in different flavors. You can configure a T1 line
for local and/or long distance telephone service for a call center
or office phone system. A dedicated Internet T1 gives you highly
reliable access suitable for email and Web servers and broadband
phone. Integrated T1 combines Internet access with standard telephone
service on one line. Private line service offers secure connectivity
between business locations.
Another bonus of T1 line service is that
you can increase your bandwidth incrementally by bonding T1 lines
together to create multiples of 1.5 Mbps service. Start with
one T1 line and bond in more as your business grows.
How About Ethernet?
Carrier Ethernet directly competes with T1 and is available with both copper and fiber optic delivery. Bandwidths range from 2 or 3 Mbps on the low end up to 10 Gbps and beyond. Pricing per Mbps is more attractive than T1 lines.
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