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Confirm Ethernet availability, cost and bandwidth scalability

Ethernet quite simply is, plugging your network directly into a telecom provider's network. When you bypass the local phone company you cut out an expensive transport step. Having direct access to customers is a carrier's goal as it allows them to control the user's experience from end to end while reducing cost. These savings are passed on to you.

The growing number of complex, mission-critical applications of today need more and more bandwidth than that offered by existing network configurations. The typical 10 Mbps Ethernet LAN becomes inadequate because it cannot maintain acceptable performance for the Client/Server environment. As audio and streaming video becomes increasingly important, the networked world needed to find a faster technology to accommodate bandwidth demands. Even though Fast Ethernet, which runs at at 100 Mbps, arrived at the networking arena in the mid 1990's, the existence of Fiber Optics or FDDI (100 Mbps) running at the carriers backbone level. Thus, the evolution of Gigabit Ethernet took place, providing a technology solution to the increasing bandwidth problem.

The reason why Ethernet is chosen over the other technologies is due to its many benefits:
  • Price Reduction
  • Scalability
  • Interoperability
  • Ease of Use
  • Monitoring Capabilities
  • Reliability
  • Established Standards
  • High Speed

  • Ethernet cost comparison to T1

    Service Speed (mbps) Average
    Price
    Price
    per Meg
    DS1 1.54 $450 $292.20
    Bonded T1 3 $900 $300.00
    DS3 45 $5,000 $111.11
    Ethernet Copper 10 $950 $95.00
    Fast Ethernet 100 $3,000 $30.00
    Gigabit Ethernet 1000 $18,000 $18.00

    Gigabit Ethernet is the future of networking

    "Over time, Ethernet will overwhelm SONET in the MAN/WAN market. Ethernet is cheaper, has better economies of scale and allows for simpler, more unified networks. Ethernet is at the gates, and it's coming in."

    Greg Collins - July 2007

    Business Communications Review Magazine "The market for managed metro Ethernet services is expected to grow by 30 per cent a year until 2013, when it will top $25 billion  worldwide."

    Infonetics Research - July 2007

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