OC12 price quotes are established by determining the distance between a telecom company’s fiber-fed central office (CO) and your business location where the OC12 circuit terminates. Another (but often unspoken) factor in calculating OC12 price quotes is the number of telecom providers that can supply an OC12 circuit to your location. As a general rule, the more companies who can supply this service to your location, the more competitive your price quotes will be.
If your business does not require the OC12 circuit to terminate at your location, you may be able to take advantage of the great prices offered by colocation facilities. If you choose to take advantage of this option, you could maintain your servers at the colocation facility and update them remotely. You can do this either via the internet, point-to-point circuit or MPLS network, whichever works best for your company. Colocation facilities are often located in major cities, close to the fiber lines of the main telecom providers for that city. Due to this close proximity to fiber, the loop or access charges for the OC12 circuit can usually be greatly reduced or completely eliminated. This can result in thousands of dollars in savings over maintaining the OC12 circuit at your location.
An OC12 circuit provides 622 megabits per second (mbps) of bandwidth. OC12 is a great option for companies or organizations that have bandwidth requirements that exceed those provided by a DS3 circuit (45 mbps), OC3 circuit (155 mbps) or Fast Ethernet circuit (100 mbps). OC12 can be used for internet access, MPLS networks and point-to-point private lines. Applications commonly used over OC12 circuits are video streaming, email, video conferencing, voice and transferring centralized data.
Another option for businesses looking to obtain an OC12 circuit is Gigabit Ethernet (GigE). GigE provides bandwidth in speeds ranging from 100 mbps up to 1000 mbps. Gigabit Ethernet can support the same applications as an OC12 circuit. Often a GigE circuit is more cost effective than an OC12 circuit, when you compare the price per megabit of bandwidth.
There are many types of customers who may benefit from the bandwidth supplied by an OC12 circuit. Call centers, large companies, data centers, large government agencies, small to mid-size towns, internet service providers (ISPs) and web hosting companies are just a few examples.
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