OC-48 broadband is the 48th Optical Carrier (OC) level carried on a Synchronous Optical NETworking (SONET) fiber optic network. The OC level is directly proportional to the data rate of the digital signal with each level representing approximately 51.84 million bits per second (Mbps). OC-48 speed is therefore 155.52 Mbps of which 2405.376 Mbps is payload and 82.944 Mbps is overhead (including the path overhead).
An OC-48 line is a 2.5G SONET or Synchronous Transport Module 16 (STM-16) line, which is 16 times faster than the basic transmission rate of the Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication (ITU-T) standard. SONET SDH is currently the standard for optical telecommunications and will probably provide the data transmission infrastructure for telecommunications until at least the year 2030.
OC-48 lines usually offer a better value than OC-3 and OC-12 line and are faster than gigabit Ethernet. The only common connections that surpass it are OC-192 and 10 gigabit Ethernet. OC-48 broadband is the backbone for many regional Internet Service Providers and is commonly used by large ISPs for transit purposes.
In order to obtain OC-48 service you will need to:
1. Obtain quotes from multiple providers on customized OC-48 service packages.
2. Locate the available flat rates on standardized OC-48 service packages.
3. Find any ongoing discounts or specials on OC-48 services in your area.
Look for broadband OC from a carrier with nationwide partnersThese carriers are able to offer private, leased lines through partners which allow them to cover a wide area. They can usually offer as many IP addresses as needed with 24/7 monitoring from a central location.
Find companies that offer OC-48 Internet service in specific locationsYou may already be interested in a broadband OC carrier that offers service in your area. These carriers usually base their prices on the port speed, which allows you to manage your costs easily.
Take advantage of current discounts when planning to purchase OC-48Many OC-48 providers list their discounts on a centralized site. They usually target large enterprises who wish to obtain all of their service from a single carrier.
- OC-48 service is frequently leased in fractional amounts and burst modes. A fractional OC-48 line is simply a fixed percentage of the full OC-48 transmission rate. The rate on burstable OC-48 can be highly variable so you need to determine the lowest allowable speed when considering this type of OC-48 service.