What Type of Telecom Does My Business Need?
Telecommunications services are increasingly important to a business, as they are the primary means of exchanging information through electronic sources. In the past, this term was basically synonymous with landline phones, as it was one of the few services offered. Today, the term encompasses a wide range of services, including sources of wireless technology, and more data is transferred through telecom services. With all the different options available, a business can get bogged down in deciphering which service is right for their company.
Voice over internet protocol (VoIP) is an option for businesses that is more cost efficient than traditional phone lines. All the basic features of standard phone lines are available, including caller ID and voicemail. With a business VoIP service, you can set it up with your provider to intercept incoming faxes and display them via email. VoIP doesn’t require lengthy setup and no cables have to be installed outside your building. It can be as simple as running a line to your computer. It is a good option for small businesses and larger companies alike, as it is scalable from one phone to as many phones as needed.
T1 offers businesses a steady stream of data traffic, in which the upload and download transmission speeds are a constant 1.54 Mbps. This speed is not split between types of usage, as you are able to upload at 1.54Mbps, and download at the same speed symmetrically. It is a dedicated circuit, meaning it is exclusive to your business. T1 services can be cost prohibitive, though, so it is more appropriate for large retail offices and businesses with the need to for symmetric simultaneous transmissions. This is most useful for clients that live in dense metropolitan areas like Chicago, Atlanta or other cities throughout the United States.
Fiber optic technology is the way of the future for data transmission and telecom services. With a fiber network, data travels at the speed of light, which makes moving large amounts of data very efficient. This type of telecom service is ideal for businesses with fifty or more employees, whose daily business demands require transmission of time sensitive materials and/or mass quantities of information quickly and electronically.
Multiprotocol label switching (MLPS) directs data from one section of the network to another through the use of short path labels as opposed to long addresses avoiding complex routing. MLPS incorporates a wide range of technology, from T1 and ATM to Frame Relay and DSL. It is ideal for businesses like doctor’s offices, because they can transmit data, such as electronic medical records, via a shorter path rather than having to root out to the entire internet.
There are additional services like available, cable, DSL, satellite and WiMAX technology, but these are often the most common telecommunications used in business. A network analyst can audit your communication needs and help decipher what services can provide you with the best return for price paid.
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