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Big bandwidth for organizations with big needs. What speeds are offered? See the below breakdown of DS3 and OCX services:

A DS3 at full capacity is 45 Mbps. Many organizations graduate from multiple bonded T1s to some form of Fractional or Burstable DS3. Below are the most common forms this takes:

  • Fractional DS3: Just as some smaller organizations have utilized Fractional T1s, a Fractional DS3 is typically delivered over a Full DS3 access loop, but the Internet port speed is set at the client's desired level.

    Typically, most carriers will require a minimum to deliver the service. Depending upon the carrier, they might require a customer to purchase at least 5-9 Mbps while others may require the customer to purchase 12 or more Mbps of Internet bandwidth over their fractional DS3.

    This is where partnering with BMG Communications can deliver superior consulting services in evaluating the client's needs and the various offerings of multiple vendors to provide the most competitive and reliable solution. Contact us today or fill out our Quote Request to begin your consultation.

  • Burstable DS3:
    Unlike a Fractional DS3, a Burstable DS3 may have its Internet port speed configured to the full 45 Mbps. However, the customer is not necessarily billed for the full 45 Mbps. Instead, the customer is billed only for the amount of bandwidth they use, typically in a tiered structure.

    Carriers have different ways of partitioning these tiers, and may require a minimum usage while others may go strictly by usage. In other words, one carrier may bill one rate for 0-3 Mbps, 3.01-6 Mbps, 6.01-9 Mbps, 9.01-12 Mbps, 12.01-15 Mbps and so on, the customer may use an average 11 Mbps one month and an average of 7 Mbps the next, and in one scenario a carrier might just bill for the respective tier they fell into for each individual month, whereas another carrier may bill a minimum amount for 9 Mbps, for example, and then a predetermined rate for additional bandwidth.

    Regardless of the structure, it is a viable option for organizations in need of big bandwidth without paying for a Full DS3, while still having the bandwidth capabilities of a Full DS3, should they need it. BMG Communications can evaluate your current and forecasted bandwidth requirements to determine the best course of action. Contact us today or fill out our Quote Request to begin your consultation.

  • Full DS3:
    This option is the full un-capped 45 Mbps. Sometimes, customers may start out with a Fractional or Burstable DS3, but when the time comes, there is a cost threshold where it makes sense to go ahead and provision the whole DS3 port. When you get into this type of circuit, the pricing and quality can vary, depending on the service provider. BMG Communications offers a suite of services that cater to this segment. We will consult with you to compare the various options from multiple carriers. Contact us today, or complete a Quote Request to begin your consultation.

Similarly, OC (Optical Carrier) level pipes offer various flavors. Fractional, Burstable and Full OCX circuits are available from most Tier 1 NSPs. With X' being the variable, there are several forms of Optical Carrier circuits.

Rarely used, OC1 is a similar bandwidth increment to a DS3, where a DS3 is measured around 45 Mbps, an OC1 is rated around 51 Mbps. More common forms of Optical Carrier circuits include OC3 and OC12. OC3 running around 155 Mbps (similar to three DS3s), and OC12 running 622 Mbps (similar to four OC3s).

Most Tier 1 carriers run an OC48 (2.5 Gbps) - OC192 (10 Gbps) backbone, so if that's what runs the global Internet backbones, you can see that not many companies or carriers require service larger than an OC12. If they do, they will most likely just get another OC3 or OC12 and route it through diverse carriers, or at the vary least, over redundant routes through their preferred carrier.

For any of your big bandwidth requirements, contact BMG Communications today or complete an online Quote Request to receive additional information. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you.

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