A T1 line can provide businesses with incredibly fast Internet connections, but is this something that your business has a need for? T1 lines have a higher cost than the more typical DSL, due to their higher speed. For some companies, this is necessary. In fact, they may need even more speed and consider a T3 line or a bonded T1 line. However, other companies don't need quite so much speed and can settle for a fractional T1 or even simple DSL. Whatever your needs, it's a good idea to understand the T1 key terms to help you make your decision.
T1, T3 and DSL
DSL, T1 and T3 refer to the speed of an Internet connection. DSL is the slowest of the three, but is still a good solution for many small businesses. T1 lines are very fast and idea for businesses that rely on the Internet for their business. T3 lines are the fastest and are only necessary for companies that provide Internet services to others.
A bonded T1 combines up to six T1 lines to get a faster Internet connection. This is ideal for companies that need a faster connection than a T1 line, but don't have the need for the much faster T3.
In a fractional T1, a customer shares a T1 line with another company. This is the best solution for a company that wants an Internet connection that is faster than DSL, but doesn't have the need or budget for a T1 line.
Bps, kbps and Mbps
Bps, kbps and Mbps are used to measure the speed of an Internet connection. Bps stands for bits per second. Kbps is kilobits per second. Mbps is Megabit per second.
An integrated T1 connections, sometimes referred to as a bundled T1, allows you to combine your Internet and phone service in one package. This offers a savings in cost.
Companies that have only an occasional need for a fast Internet connection should consider a burstable T1. This type of Internet connection offers a type of pay-as-you-go solution, allowing you to use as much or as little speed as you need.