ISP Fiber Optic Backbone Competitive
Deals Internet Service Providers can
find appropriate bandwidth levels at more competitive prices
than ever before.
Internet service providers supply connections
to the Internet along with value added services such as email
and Web site hosting. But ISPs also need Internet connectivity
themselves, in massive quantities at reasonable prices. The cost
of bandwidth is likely the highest business expense for providers.
By reducing the cost of their backbone bandwidth supply, service
providers can offer more competitively priced broadband connections
or improve their bottom line.
Smallest ISPs Well Served by Copper
ISPs come in all sizes, from small localized operations to huge
MSOs or Multiple System Operators with tens to hundreds of thousands
of customers. At the low end are WiFi hotspots, apartment and
commercial building networks, and neighborhood associations.
These operations serve from a few to a few dozen user on a free
or shared cost basis. Often a single T1 dedicated Internet line
or a few T1 bonded lines are the most cost effective solution
to provide the bandwidth required at this level.
The T1 dedicated Internet line provides
1.5 Mbps upload and download capacity. It can be thought of as
a backbone for these very small Internet services, but it doesn't
directly connect to the Internet itself. Instead, this line connects
to a Tier 1 provider who does have a direct peering connection
to the actual Internet or to a Tier 2 provider who buys bandwidth
from a Tier 1 provider. Does this sound complicated? It's actually
a similar model to the distribution of products from manufacturers
to distribution centers to wholesalers and then to stores.
Larger Service Providers Need Higher
Intermediate size Internet Service Providers offer dial-up modem
services or broadband over telephone lines, wireless towers,
or through the Cable Television network. A single WISP tower
or modem bank might still be served by a T1 backhaul line, but
the provider's backbone connection to the Internet will most
likely need 45 Mbps DS3 bandwidth or higher that is only practical
with fiber optic line services. How much bandwidth is needed
depends on the number of subscribers, the bandwidth offered per
connection, and the level of oversubscription. Oversubscription
assumes that not all users will be online consuming maximum bandwidth
at any given time. This statistical multiplexing allows providers
to share their backbone bandwidth among ten times as many users,
or even more.
Fiber Optic Connection Speeds &
Fiber optic Internet bandwidth from Tier 1 and Tier 2 carriers
has become more plentiful and and more competitive than ever.
Numerous companies have their own fiber optic networks at the
OC48 (2.5 Gbps) and OC192 (10 Gbps) level, typical of the Internet's
fastest connections. Local access is readily available at the
OC3 (155 Mbps) and OC12 (622 Mbps) to provide backbones for Internet
Service Providers, who will then distribute the available bandwidth
among their customers. Higher speed connections are available
in the largest metropolitan areas.
Fiber optic carrier services are highly
reliable, but ISPs will often opt to reduce their risk of outages
even more by connecting to multiple diverse carriers. If they
need several OC3 lines worth of bandwidth, they may have them
delivered on separate fiber optic cables as drops from different
carriers running in different directions. This way, a single
cable break due to construction activity or natural disaster
will slow but not cut off Internet service.
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