The demand for more bandwidth has resulted in an explosion of Ethernet availability in the Wide Area Network. Commonly referred to as Metro Ethernet, these services can also be connected to an MPLS core to provide very high speed connections to locations across the country.
Ethernet is most often deployed on a fiber optic local loop, though copper may also be deployed in markets where fiber is not available. Ethernet port speeds generally start at 10 Mb and can be increased to Gig-E speeds as needed. When all of your business locations are in the same Metropolitan area (like South Florida or Atlanta), the price of Metro Ethernet may be considerably less than MPLS while providing a lot more bandwidth. The price of Ethernet connections on a regional or national scale is also becoming more cost effective with the Cable companies announcing their plans to provide a national fiber optic footprint.
You probably have all the equipment you need to connect an Ethernet WAN to your LAN. Ethernet plugs into either your LAN switch, firewall or router depending on your intended use. You can purchase Metro Ethernet as the access loop to connect to the Internet or to create a private network between multiple offices in the same Metro Area.
The drawback to getting started with fiber-based Ethernet Services is the time it generally takes to get your business connected to the fiber. Unless your business is in a building with existing fiber, (a lit building), the carrier will have to start a construction project to bring fiber to your building or suite. However, you may not be charged for this construction if your location is close enough to the existing fiber. Your monthly contract is most often enough revenue for the carrier to agree to build their network to you at no cost for construction.
Every Ethernet location is a project unto itself. Do not expect a Service Level Agreement on when your fiber will be installed because there are so many variables involved. Which is why you want an expert working side-by-side with you to get your project completed. We have years of experience and many successful installations under our belt. Let our experience work for you if you are considering an Ethernet Wide Area Network.
Check the toolbox on the right side of the page for more information on the various ways that Ethernet can be deployed today. Not all services are available in all areas.
Ethernet Service providers include: