Ethernet over Copper: A Great Way to Get Bandwidth for Your Business

If you're not a telecommunications specialist, you may not have heard of Ethernet over Copper (EoC). However, EoC provides a very affordable way to buy wide-area connectivity for your business network; it comes with the capacity of fiber and the performance guarantees of a T1 but at a fraction of the price—typically 10 Mbit/s Ethernet costs a few hundred dollars a month, about half the cost of fiber.

EoC uses the normal copper phone lines—up to eight bonded together—to provide the capacity your business needs. It's an enterprise class business service, unlike DSL and cable modems, so you get a Service Level Agreement (SLA) that guarantees your bandwidth and promises the 99.99% reliability that you expect of a phone network. This translates to less than an hour of downtime per year. It's the same technology that is used for the wired LAN (local area network) inside your office, so connecting the LAN to the WAN (wide area network) is simple and relatively inexpensive.

Depending how many copper pairs are used, EoC can deliver up to 100Mbit/s close to the exchange and over 5Mbit/s at distances of 9000 feet from the exchange. As with DSL, the speed declines the further you are from the exchange so more phone lines are needed to get the same speed over a longer distance. The bandwidth is usually symmetrical, unlike residential services which are geared to media downloads. This ensures that you’ll get the same bandwidth upstream as downstream, essential for running servers on your premises or using VoIP. As with all local access technologies, availability varies and smaller towns may not be covered.

If you’re looking into bandwidth options for your business, contact us to check out the EoC deals available in your area.