WAN Networking | Business Ethernet Services

Whether you are looking for business ethernet services, T1 dedicated Internet access, point to point fiber access or other multisite services such as MPLS and VPN our real-time pricing tool, Geoquote, can help you identify multiple services available at your location and the pricing plans. Below you will find some technical descriptions of a selection of the services.

T1 Business Connections

A T1 line is a symmetrical communication service offering voice and/or data services through twisted copper pairs, although T1s can also be provisioned over optical fiber. Although the transmission speed is only 1.544 Mb/s, T1 services are dedicated, consistent because they are not distance sensitive and they are subject to service level agreements. Copper pairs can be bonded to increase their capacity. Two T1 lines can deliver 3 Mb/s of symmetric dedicated service.

Despite the availability of other higher speed options such as ADSL, T1 lines are known to be very stable and many businesses are comfortable using them for a variety of quality sensitive applications such as VoIP, Mail and Web servers or multi-user VPNs. A business can use T1 lines to decrease expensive phone bills by including up to 23 phone lines with long distance service in addition to Internet access.

To find out who offers T1 in your area and the competitive pricing, use Geoquote.

Business Ethernet Services

Ethernet is one of the most mature network technologies initially developed for local area networks. When first ratified by the IEEE 802.3 working group in 1983, Ethernet supported a maximum theoretical data rate of 10Mbps, but it has now evolved to 100G Ethernet and 400GbE standard was ratified in 2017 while work is in progress to develop Tbps capable Ethernet technology.

With almost every computer, enterprise building and residences equipped with Ethernet ports, the economies of scale mandates that the Ethernet cost per port has gone down. It only makes sense that the industry has extended the adoption of Ethernet in the wide area network to take advantage of the broad market reach.

The Metro Ethernet Forum MEF (https://www.mef.net/) has defined carrier Ethernet as “an ubiquitous, standardized, carrier-class service and Network defined by five attributes that distinguish it from familiar LAN based Ethernet”. The five attributes that distinguish carrier Ethernet from native Ethernet are standardization, scalability, reliability, quality of service and service management.

Business Ethernet Services standardization

The MEF defined the following two standard services for the delivery of services to the end user:

  1. E-LINE is a point-to-point Ethernet virtual connection between two user locations in a provider’s network. An E-Line can either be provisioned as an Ethernet Private Line (EPL) – a physical connection offering transparency and independency to the customer – or an Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL)
  2. E-LAN is a multipoint-to-multipoint Ethernet virtual connection that enables customers to connect multiple locations together.

Business Ethernet Services scalability

The most compelling reason for migrating to carrier Ethernet is the ability to easily upgrade bandwidth when requirements change. Ethernet can be provisioned from as little as 1Mbps to as high as 100Gbps and can be upgraded in small increments.

Business Ethernet Services reliability

Additional safeguards were implemented in carrier Ethernet to improve service reliability and reduced downtime. When failures do happen, recovery should take place in less than 50ms.

Business Ethernet quality of service (QoS)

Carrier Ethernet comes with QoS requirements that enable advanced service level agreements (SLAs). As with MPLS, a customer can request different SLAs for different services delivered over the same carrier Ethernet network.

Business Ethernet services management

Carrier Ethernet comes with the ability to monitor, diagnose, and manage the network from a central location using standards-based vendor neutral software.

Unlike native Ethernet that is implemented over short distances, carrier Ethernet can be implemented over other transport network technologies so that it can be delivered in metropolitan area networks or global wide area networks. These implementations include Ethernet over fiber, Ethernet over SONET/SDH, Ethernet over MPLS, Ethernet over OTN, Ethernet over WDM and Ethernet over µWave

Business Ethernet Services Cost

Ethernet can handle business growing traffic for significantly less cost that other services. The pricing varies from provider to provider and location where service is to be provisioned. Use ShopforEthernet or GeoQuote tools above to find if business Ethernet service is available in your area and how much it costs.


For organizations wishing to transmit multiple services across geographically dispersed locations over a high-performance WAN network, MPLS may be the service of choice.

MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) is a protocol used to speed up and shape network traffic flows.

In an MPLS network, data packets are labelled and packet forwarding decisions are made only from the label, without the need to inspect the packet itself. This enables the design of end to end circuits across any transport medium using any protocol.

MPLS can be used to improve quality of service (QoS) by defining for each packet, transmission paths that will meet specific service level agreements (SLAs) on latency, jitter, packet loss and downtime. Different SLAs can be defined for different services such as VoIP, video, time sensitive data and best-effort traffic.