It really wasn’t all that long ago that the thought of having a T1 internet connection for your business was seen as something of a luxury, usually pushed by the IT department if you were a large enough organization but with no clear benefit to your business. Many companies are still content with phones and faxes to conduct business, but increasingly people are recognizing the value of investing in services from a T1 internet provider. With this service in use, businesses are able to access email and internet services from multiple machines at blistering speeds compared to many home connections, but how does this benefit you? How a T1 line works The easiest way to illustrate how a T1 internet line can be an improvement is to compare it to the normal phone line that a business might use, or that many people have at home. A phone line is made up of a pair of copper wires that can then transmit your voice, or transmit data at around 30 kilobits a second. This does sound fast, but consider that the average digital photo these days can easily be up to one hundred times larger than that in size. Suddenly this puts into perspective how some websites can take forever to download if they are covered in pictures. A T1 internet provider replaces that old phone line with a fiber optic line which can carry either twenty four voice channels or data transmitted at 1.544 megabits per second – or 1,569.792 kilobits per second to compare it to your old land line. The line can either be plugged into your phone system to provide 24 phone numbers, or plugged into a router to provide the basis of company-wide internet access that can be used by many people all at once instead of needing an individual phone line for each person. With a bit of thought and preparation you can even split the use of the T1 internet line to provide both voice and data to people in your business. Isn’t that expensive? It’s true that there’s a relatively hefty price tag up front to set up a service from a T1 internet provider but the savings come from the running costs. Instead of paying a variable cost for calls you are paying a fixed rental, making it easier to budget. The real savings though come when you start to use the service for voice and data. You are already saving money on calls between people by having less physical phone lines to manage but then there’s the time and money saved by using the data connections. File transfers – whether its designs and documents from contractors and partners, or transactions with banks or other organizations are suddenly completed much quicker using the T1 internet. This saves you in call charges (compared to the price of faxing or sending over smaller modem connections) and frees your staff and systems up to be more productive than watching over to check that the connections have worked in the first place. How reliable is it? In a word: very. A residential connection will usually be competing with other users in the area for its speed of connection. A T1 connection operates at a guaranteed speed and can easily be increased in capacity and speed without needing to buy in any additional fiber optic line. Instead of paying for a higher rate of data from your T1 internet provider and replacing some of the routers that effectively act as traffic lights for the information entering and leaving your business.