Gigabit Ethernet Compared to OC3:
Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) can be a favorable alternative to OC3 (155 megabits per second - mbps) for businesses that need circuits larger than a DS3 (45 mbps). Gigabit Ethernet is available at speeds of 100 mbps to 1000 mbps. Both OC3 and GigE can be used for receiving internet service at a single location, point-to-point circuits between two locations or MPLS networks that include multiple locations.
The benefits of Ethernet compared to OC3 are scalability, cost and amount of bandwidth available. Once you install an OC3 (155 mbps) circuit, if more bandwidth is needed, you will need to purchase a separate circuit, possibly incurring large build out costs. Installing a GigE circuit at 100 mbps would allow you to scale up to 1000 mbps, potentially saving thousands of dollars for installation of the additional bandwidth. The monthly costs of GigE versus OC3 are often lower per megabit of bandwidth. OC3 (155 mbps) can cost on average of $5500 per month, while a 200 mbps GigE circuit can average $5100 per month, depending on your location. In this example, the GigE circuit is $400 less per month and provides 45 mbps more bandwidth. These prices are averages. Pricing and availability are subject to the location of your business.
Gigabit Ethernet and OC3 are both available as burstable bandwidth. This allows a business to pay only for extra bandwidth used during periods of unique, higher usage.
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