Finding the Right DS3 Bandwidth Provider Written by Michael Lemm
Telecommunications contracts can be much like a marriage and as we all know there are good and bad marriages. The fact is, when you enter into a telecommunications contract with a DS3 Bandwidth provider for reasonable amount of bandwidth or voice service you will have to enter into a long term contract. Telecommunications contracts for T1's and DS'3s/T3's typically range from 1 years to 3 years. Anything longer than a 3 year contract is usually only seen in very large applicatons like OC3 and OC12 or complex frame relay connections with many nodes. While term of contract will not be a problem if you have right provider, contract could prove extrememly burdomsome with wrong provider.
We suggest using a broker to walk you through your options and show you providers and services available. A broker or independent agent can help reduce time it takes you to shop around for a DS3 provider by asking you questions once and searching through multiple providers to get service that is right for you. The agent helps steer clear of bias you will receive when speaking with one vendor as agent will be paid no matter which service you choose. As agent doesn't work with a specific provider like AT&T or Sprint, he or she will not push you in that direction if they are not right for you.
....How to Tell You Need T1 Service..... Written by Michael Lemm
....How to Tell You Need T1 Service..... Is it time to look for T1 service?
Many people are confused when they consider whether to upgrade from DSL or not. There are several factors to consider when examining you current DSL connection and possiblity of replacing it. For many people biggest factor is reliability and if reliability is critical to applications you run over your connection you should seriously consider replacing your DSL connection with a T1. DSL is a quick and cost effective method of acquiring high speed bandwidth however it is not intended to support commercial applications or large numbers of users as are T1 connections.
Reliability becomes critical when customers or employees depend on your connection for immediate responses. If your customers use your connection to access your databases or your server or internet then reliability of your connection is critical. If your employees depend on your connections because you host e-mail server in house or host web servers or ASP type products, your connections is considered critical. A critical connection can be viewed much like a lifeline, without which your business would be negatively impacted. Your monthly savings of having a sub-par connections will not make up for loss in productivity of your employees or loss of customers when your DSL connections gets bogged down or cut off. To reiterate, ciritcal connections should be supported with a T1.