OC3 price quotes are established by a number of factors such as the distance between the business location where the service is needed and the telecom company’s Central Office (CO) where the circuit originates. OC3 circuits provide 155 megabits per second (mbps) of bandwidth. Another factor in determining OC3 price quotes is the number of telecom companies that supply service to the business location. As a general rule, the more competition for a specific location, the better the pricing will be for that location. In order for a telecom CO to provide OC3 service, it must be fiber-fed.
OC3 circuits are a great option for businesses that have bandwidth needs above what bonded T1 (3 mbps to 12 mbps), DS3 (45 mbps) and Fast Ethernet (100 mbps) circuits provide. OC3 can be used for internet service, point-to-point circuits and MPLS networks.
If a business requires more bandwidth than an OC3 circuit can provide, Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) is an excellent option. Gigabit Ethernet is available at speeds ranging from 100 mbps up to 1000 mbps. Pricing for OC3 circuits can be as low as $3000 per month. Pricing and availability is dependent upon business location. Each service has different advantages. The service that is best suited for your bandwidth needs can be determined by reviewing your applications and estimated usage patterns.
If your business needs to have the OC3 circuit at the location of the business, then an OC3 circuit will be more expensive than if you operate from a colocation facility. Colocation facilities offer the best pricing for OC3 circuits because they commonly sit at the intersection of the fiber circuits of the major telecom carriers. Because of their proximity to the fiber lines of the major carriers, there is generally not a loop price involved in price quotes. To provide an OC3 circuit to the location of your business, there is always going to be additional loop (access) charges for getting the circuit to your business location. Whenever possible, it is always much more cost efficient to utilize colocation facilities for large circuits. Three common ways of receiving an OC3 circuit are: via fiber to your location, via wireless to your business location and at colocation facilities.
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