Friday, May 09, 2008

Do You Build Wide Area Networks?

In your business installing corporate data networks, do you build networks that span multiple locations around town? How about coast to coast? Well, why not?

A quick answer might be: "We don't have a spool of wire big enough."

Well, I know where you can get one. You won't need a huge trailer to haul it around. You won't even need any trenching equipment. That's all taken care of for you. You won't have to work any harder but you will make more money.

What makes this possible are two recent developments. First is the availability of Metro and Carrier Ethernet services from competitive carriers. The second is a business arrangement whereby you can include Ethernet WAN services in your network planning and get monthly commissions based on the bandwidth usage of your clients.

Metro Ethernet is a WAN or Wide Area Network service that is available between business locations in a particular city. Carrier Ethernet extends the Ethernet connection between cities, even multiple locations nationwide.

What network bandwidths are available? They are the same as LAN speeds on wired networks. You can order 10 Mbps Ethernet, 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet, and even 1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet. The cost per Mbps goes down as the speed goes up and is considerably less than what your clients pay for telco data services such as DS3 or SONET.

Where is Ethernet service available? Right now it's in larger metropolitan areas, including downtown business districts and the suburbs. Higher speeds are available to buildings "lit" for fiber optic service. However, standard and even Fast Ethernet services are often available over copper wireline within a mile or two of the carriers POP (Point of Presence). This is known as EoC or Ethernet over Copper.

You can easily find where the lit locations are near your business interests by using the GeoQuote (tm) Ethernet Mapping Tool.

Go ahead and recommend this service to your clients if all you want to do is help them find Ethernet and other business voice and data connections. But if you'd like to profit by determining your client's requirements and entering the quote request in a special form that gives you credit for the sale and an ongoing commission for every service that you help your client lease, then learn more and join the VAR Partner Network now.

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