What is a T1 Line?
A T1 (Transmission system one) line is a dedicated circuit that connects to the internet or local intranet network with a speed of roughly 1.544 Mbps. A T1 line speed is symmetrical meaning it will deliver bandwidth for both upload and download at speeds of 1.544. The speed of a T1 circuit is guaranteed where other internet lines are not.
These network circuits are not shared like almost all DSL and Cable network circuits. DSL and Cable speeds are generally reliant upon the number of other customers in the area. Another advantage of a T1 line is that is much more reliable, comes with a Service Level Agreement (SLA), and has a guaranteed uptime.
How Much Does a T1 Cost?
T1 Connection costs vary largely depending upon the number of providers in a given market or area. The distance to the “loop” or central routing area is also a determinant factor in price. Monthly pricing varies from $200 to $600 on average. Monthly pricing averages can also be affected by the term of the contract. A carrier will be willing to be more lenient if a contract is setup for 36 months versus 6.
A proper quote can be found by using the form on the right. The prices provided are from multiple carriers and you will generally find the best prices where carriers are directly competing for your business. Ensure that the address is correct as well as additional information as it is critical to receiving a proper quote.
T1 Lines For Voice
T1 connections are not solely used for data. They are used for voice as well. The reasons behind using a T1 voice line is largely dependant upon the number of phone lines and the specific features needed. Different carriers offer different features that one may or may not be looking for. These features range from caller ID to free long distance calling. Pricing is the same as a standard line but it is setup differently with a phone system. T1 lines can also be shared between data and voice. This is known as an integrated line.
Integrated T1 Lines
Circuits can be setup to handle both voice and data. This offers the versatility of an extremely reliable connection with an equally reliable phone system. The amount of bandwidth is limited by the number of required phone lines. This can be a very viable option for businesses that need both an internet connection with guaranteed up-time as well as a phone system that provides the same.
Bonded T1 Lines
A bonded T1 line is formed of two or more lines for combined bandwidth. This serves businesses well that need more bandwidth than a standard circuit or would like bandwidth as well as added voice lines. Bonded circuits can also be formed to add lines to an existing circuit that needs room for growth. This growth room is essential for businesses that are looking to add more employees or extensions to their phone system.
For all line types, simply inquire on the form and carriers will compete for the best price at your specific location. Due to the location specific nature of these circuits ensure that the address and other information is correct.