The broadband landscape is rapidly evolving, and new technologies have begun to replace dial-up connections in millions of residences across
the United States and throughout the world.
However, broadband connectivity to the enterprise has remained relatively static,
continuing to rely on T1 and DS3 connections provisioned off of the legacy networks of the major telcos.
While these connections have offered dependable voice and data solutions for decades, and will continue to serve as a core means of broadband connectivity, new
technologies that have been maturing on varying timetables have attracted
the interest of IT managers seeking cost savings.
According to Matt Davis, director of the Yankee Group's Broadband Access Technologies planning service, "The enterprise space clearly has several credible options for alternative broadband connectivity
for remote offices: LAN-to-LAN interconnection, redundant fiber backup, and disaster recovery. Enterprise IT managers should expand
their knowledge of these options to take advantage of substantial cost-saving potential."
Technologies such as DSL, cable modem, PON, fixed wireless, satellite, and FSO, can deliver reliability and cost savings in different deployment scenarios.
However, DS1- and DS3-based technologies will not be easily displaced, says the analyst.
While cost savings are attractive, enterprises will continue to view dependability and functionality as the most important features driving
their broadband connectivity decisions.
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