Lanny Gray

"Ethernet broadband can mean a lot of different things, from Ethernet over Copper (EoC), to metro Ethernet, all the way to Gigabit Ethernet. Each has different speed ranges, transport mechanisms, but at the end of the day you have a simple Ethernet hand-off. Knowing where carriers can provide each of these Ethernet broadband services, either to your business or to the datacenter where your private Cloud is located, is our job."

Lanny Gray, VP of Business Development
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Ethernet Quick Facts
  1. Ethernet can be delivered over fiber optic cables or over copper wire pairs.

  2. The cheapest form of Ethernet is EoC, which starts at $200 for 2 Mb.

  3. The average installation interval for Ethernet is approximately 49 days, assuming both end-points are on-net

  4. The fastest form of Ethernet is Gig-E, which delivers speeds from 1 Gbps to 40 Gbps.

  5. Ethernet is a standard protocol that is used in WAN networks worldwide.

  6. Ethernet supports layer-2 and layer-3 IP traffic from one location to another, or to the internet (DIA).

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Some facts about Ethernet services

Facts about Ethernet broadband services The generic term "Ethernet" refers to protocol of the IP handoff at each end of a data connection. This covers everything from a PC-to-PC connection as a part of a local area network (LAN), or one data center to another, in the case of a wide area network (WAN). For local area connections, all you need is a router and a switch, but when your data has to travel outside of your LAN, you'll need an Ethernet carrier (aka: phone company) to carry that data.

Carrier Ethernet connections come in two main "flavors": point to point and DIA, or dedicated internet access. Ethernet providers can program their networks to allow you end-points to only communicate with each other (without ever touching the public internet), or to allow one (or more) location to have an external connection to the Internet, or both.

What are the difference types of Ethernet?
Ethernet can be broken down into two main pillars: type and speed. When addressing which type of Ethernet (WAN) is being delivered, we typically use the term "over" to denote what medium the data is riding on. The two main Ethernet delivery types are Ethernet-over-Copper (EoC) and Ethernet-over-Fiber (EoF). As you can imagine, EoC is more widespread due to the ubiquity of copper lines that have been installed into each and every building in the country. The primary limitation of EoC is distance, as the signal stregth of the data is reduced the further away you get from the transmission point. EoF, which is only installed in 15% of all U.S. buildings, can carry much more data since the signal is carried in the form of light, which doesn't degrade over distance.

The other way to differentiate Ethernet services is by speed. Terms like "Fast", "Gigabit", etc. refer to the range of speeds that are in question. Fast represents anything in the 100's of megabytes, or 100 Mb to 999 Mb. 99% of all companies today are somewhere in this category or lower. The term Gigabit Ethernet refers to any speed above 1,000 Mb, or 1 Gb. The most common speed is, actually, 1 Gb, as different (read: more expensive) equipment is needed on the edge once speeds eclipse 10 Gb.

Lastly, there is the term "Metro Ethernet", which is commonly used to describe WAN designs that deploy Ethernet connections between many different physical offices or branches. The endpoints of this type of "metro" network are commonly located in the same metropolitan region, which is why we call these direct connections "metro" Ethernet.

When dealing with international WANs, Ethernet is basically the universal language that each IP network uses to speak to each other. Gigabit over fiber is the most popular in international WAN transport, but crossing the boarder usually doesn't come cheap. Int'l private Ethernet lines can cost thousands of dollars, especially if you don't know which carrier has physical facilities in the destination coutnry. That's where we come in!

Things you need to know when comparing Ethernet broadband providers
Things you need to know when comparing Ethernet broadband providers
After assisting businesses looking for the best Ethernet broadband access type for 10 years, we've learned a few things and would like to share them with you:
  • Up-front Charges - (For fiber users) If your building doesn't already connect to fiber, it will cost money to build it in. The question is who is going to pay the project? Carriers will look at the total value of your contract to figure out how much they can afford to finance, and pass the remainder on to you. The total contract value will be increased if you can commit to a higher speed (read: higher monthly spend, or MRC), and sign up for a multi-year commitment. (For copper users) There usually isn't much up-front cost for copper-based Ethernet services. It is possible that there will there will be some new gear that must be purchased, but you can expect to get that waived with a 2 or 3-year contract.
  • Term Commitments - when you sign up for Ethernet service, your provider will make you sign a 1, 2, 3, or even 5 year agreement (read: contract) You should expect to receive excellent discounts (on the order of 15-20% off) for you if sign longer term agreements, which is what we recommend to almost all of our clients. Second, longer commitments will make it easier for carriers to swallow any up-front or start-up costs.
  • Upgrade-ability - (For copper users) Your bandwidth cieling will be determined by 1) the number of copper pairs that run into your building, and 2) by the distance your building is located from the Central Office where your ISP's EoC gear is located. You can always pay more to upgrade your speed until you hit your EoC bandwidth ceiling. If your ISP has to activate or run more copper pairs into your building to get you more speed, a new router may be required (with more data ports) which can also result in a one-time upgrade fee. (For fiber users) Once your service is up and running, a quick phone call to your ISP (or to us) is all you need to do to adjust your bandwidth (100 Mb to 10 Gb).
  • Installation - (For copper users) EoC service installation can take between 2 weeks and 2 months, depending on the backlog of orders your ISP is currently dealing with. Delays can also be introduced if your ILEC and your new ISP don't "play nice" together. (For fiber users) If new construction is required, prepare yourself for a 2-4 month wait. City construction permits, right-of-entry (ROE) permits from building owners, and construction crew schedules must all come into alignment for you to get your fiber. If construction is NOT required, your new ISP should be able to turn up your service in a matter of weeks, not months.

Ethernet (Copper and Fiber) service providers we represent

Note: as we mentioned above, there are major geographic restrictions Ethernet service. If you would like to get a serviceability estimate and exact quote, including promo pricing, just give us a call at 800-880-2001 (M-F 8-5 MDT).

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