T1 lines usually consist of copper wire but have now been modified to include optical and wireless media. A stand-alone data T1 can carry twenty-four digitized voice channels and data at the speed of 1.544 megabits per second. Customers do have the option to purchase a bonded T1 circuit as well. This consists of up to four single 1.5Mbps T1 circuits acting as one to deliver speeds up to 12Mbps.
BENEFITS OF GETTING INTERNET OVER T1
- Dedicated Internet Connection
- Readily Available
- Internet access where coax and cable providers are not available or have a high cost to build
Using a T1 circuit to deliver your services will increase cost per Mb and can vary on the location. It can also be problematic if both data and voice services are being used on the T1 circuit with not enough bandwidth. The system is more likely to be less reliable if this is the case. When there are multiple users on the circuit for data services, the phone service will likely be patchy and cut out until more bandwidth is freed up by those using it for data, and vice versa.
While data T1 circuits are a good option for businesses with a low bandwidth need, they are not always the most cost effective or redundant solution. If Ethernet over copper or dedicated internet access, such as fiber is built to the location these circuits are more likely to provide higher redundancy and are less likely to be bogged down by usage.