Twisted copper telephone lines have been the standard for decades, transmitting voice and data via analog signals.
Today that standard is slowly being upgraded to fiber optic lines (lines made of bundled glass fibers), but most T1 lines are still made of twisted copper. The T1 line creates a pipe capable of quickly moving larger datastreams.
T1 lines are often used for phone service in commercial buildings or for data transfer on a network, providing service up to 60 times faster than a traditional modem.
Businesses with more than eight phone lines may save money by getting a dedicated T1 line to loop to the place of business from the local phone company office. This can reduce telecom charges and provide high-speed Internet access at the same time. The business is charged for one T1 line rather than eight, or more, separate telephone lines.
Pricing for the T1 line depends on the distance of theloop, or the mileage between the telcom and the place of business.
The cost of a T1 line can be expensive, but prices are dropping as demand grows. Internet service providers lease T1 lines to provide service to their network of clients.
Other multiplexed fiber optic lines linclude T2 and T3 lines, which can transfer information even faster. A T3 line is equal to having 28 T1 lines, and is used by larger businesses with higher data dn voice demands.
A T1 line should be considered for businesses with many computers connecting to the Internet simultaneously. The typical home user will not need or want to invest in a T1 line.Types of Internet Service >>