Business Internet and Data Connectivity

Broadband Solutions – Broadband is a term used to describe several different types of internet access.  The costs associated with each vary greatly depending on speed, reliability and service level guarantees.  Spencer Com will help guide you to the best option for your business.

Cable Internet Access – Cable internet utilizes the local cable TV network infrastructure to provide high-speed internet access. Because cable providers are separate from the local phone companies, cable internet provides a redundant solution. Additionally, cable internet offers a true end-to-end connection as cable companies own the last mile.

Ethernet Over Copper (EOC) – Ethernet over copper is reliable, affordable and maintains a high quality of service. It can be installed more quickly than fiber since most facilities already have copper. Speeds range from 3 Mb to 30 Mb per second. EOC is distance-sensitive so services are location dependent.

Ethernet Over Fiber (EOF) – This fast and secure internet service uses fiber-optic connections to transmit data through glass housed in a strong protective sheathing. Data is transmitted through the glass with pulses of light which carry the data from one end of the strands of fiber the another. A key advantage of EOF is the ability to transmit large quantities of data quickly and greater distances. Unlike copper, fiber does not degrade over distance.

MPLS – Used to replace older private line connections, MPLS connectivity is not based on mileage, and has become the standard for connecting locations together. Whether around the corner or around the world, MPLS service can provide secure and affordable connectivity. MPLS is a commonly used data service where networks direct data from one network node to the next based on short path labels rather than long network addresses. In an MPLS network, data routing decisions are made solely on the contents of the label without the need to examine the packet itself. This allows one to create end-to-end circuits across any type of transport medium using any type of protocol. Using MPLS, link layer technology like ATM, frame-relay and sonnet can be eliminated – increasing efficiencies and reducing costs.

SD-WAN – SD-WAN is one of the latest, most advanced methods of managing a wide area network (WAN), and it’s seeing widespread adoption among enterprises. You’ve likely heard about it and wondering if it’s something you need for your business. SpencerCom walks you through all the questions and steps needed to figure out if SD-WAN is right for you, and who the best provider is for your networking needs.

For starters: SD-WAN is an application of software-defined networking to WAN connections, and can streamline the connectivity among multiple branch offices or data centers for enterprises. It’s ideal for businesses with several locations and applies software-defined networking capabilities as an overlay to your current WAN.What’s so great about SD-WAN? The technology can:

  • Bring more flexibility to your network
  • Enable centralized management
  • Reduce cost of network maintenance
  • Ensure scalability
  • Increase visibility and control of your WAN
  • Improve network performance
  • Ensures constant uptime with greater redundancy

There are several different types of SD-WAN vendors offering various forms of the technology. SpencerCom helps you determine if your business can benefit from SD-WAN and connects you with the right provider so you can run operations on the most functional and efficient network.

Private Line – Private lines are an efficient way to consolidate services with a high level of security and are commonly used in multi-location applications where bandwidth is needed for multiple services. SpencerCom’s diverse network of providers offers private line service from T1 (DS1) up to optical carrier levels at gigabit speeds. Private line service allows a company to consolidate resources and reduce cost by enabling voice, data and video to transverse the same connection. Private line services typically provide high SLA’s (service level agreements) ensuring repair priority in case of an outage as well as 24/7/365 live support.

T1 – T1 as related to telephone, is a dedicated connection that supports24 simultaneous calls. From a data perspective, a T1 circuit provides up to 1.544M bits per second. Each channel of the T1 service can support one call or 64K bits per second of data or internet traffic. Today, T1 service is often replaced by newer coax and fiber options available, however, still frequently used because of a higher SLA (service level agreement) that it provides. Since providers lease last mile connections, costs can vary by location and provider.

Moves, Adds, Changes and Deletes (MACD’s) – SpencerCom can help your company take the worry out of moving your telephone data and internet services. Poorly planned moves often result in unnecessary costs and downtime. We’ll assist you in making the right decisions and coordinate your move to eliminate confusion and stress.