Ethernet Bandwidth – Metro Ethernet, FastE and GigE

With the quoting tool on this page, you can compare Metro Ethernet bandwidth pricing and compare providers in your area. Metro and domestic Ethernet circuits range from Ethernet over Copper to Fast Ethernet 100 Mbps Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet service, Ethernet over Copper (EoC), Ethernet over Fiber etc. For a definition scroll down.

Why Business Metro Ethernet services?

Ethernet is, quite simply, 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. It also establish a direct relationship with a provider without the local Bell in the equation. And since the ethernet carrier is in complete control of your connection, it is much easier for them to provide QoS.

Ethernet definitions

Fast Ethernet is a term to describe various ethernet services that have a speed of 100Mbps. Traditionally the most common speed of ethernet was 10Mbps, thus the term FAST ethernet. However nowadays ethernet speeds of 1000Mbps (a gigabit) are also possible. This is called Gigabit Ethernet or GigE.

Ethernet over Copper or EoC is a technology that uses copper as a delivery method for Ethernet to the business premises.  You can use the Ethernet lit building tool above to see if EoC is available at your location. Ethernet over Copper can be very cost effective. It doesn't require any fiber, and runs on 5 pairs of copper. The reliability is good as well, and even with just one of the five copper pairs left you still have ethernet (at a lower speed). Currently the maximun distance for XO Ethernet over Copper is 9000ft from the phonecompanies CO. If you are further away, Ethernet over Serial (EoS) may be an alternative. EoS is delivered over multiple DS1 loops. It is slightly more expensive than ethernet over copper.

To view bandwidth pricing in your area, use the form on this page or watch the video below to see how the multiple carrier quoting tool works.

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