If you’re planning on switching to VoiP for your business, you’re going to need to take a close look at how much bandwidth you currently use. In many cases, you may even need to upgrade your current internet plan, which may mean switching to T1 or T3. Even if you never implement VoiP, you may still need this type of service if you have a large company.
What is T1/T3?
T1 and T3 lines are each types of high-speed internet. T1 is a type of fiber optic cable or a copper line while T3 is a high-speed phone line. They’re like the DSL or cable internet you currently have at your home or office, but much, much faster. The average internet user doesn’t need as much speed as a T line provides and would find it economically infeasible. But for your business, it’s another story. They are both available pretty much anywhere except in severely remote areas.
The major difference between T1 and T3 for your purposes is that T3 is about 30 times faster than T1. You’ll have to determine how much speed you need in order to decide which makes the most sense.
Benefits of Switching to a T Line
If you own a business that requires lots of internet use, then you’ll see the benefits of adding a T line right off the bat. While the cost is higher, productivity will likely go up when employees are able to quickly navigate the internet. Depending on your company’s online presence, the increased productivity may offset the initial expense of increasing your bandwidth.
Switching to a T1/T3 line is going to be very useful if you plan on making the change to VoiP. With either connection, you’re going to be able to use normal internet functions and talk on the phone at the same time, without reducing connection speeds.
Companies who are heavily involved in internet use and development will certainly benefit from T1/T3 and probably already switched long before you knew what a T line was. With these high speeds, you can host several web sites from your office with a T3 line and download software and files at incredible speeds.