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                                                      Metro Ethernet Bandwidth

Metro Ethernet bandwidth quotes are easily obtained by accessing the pricing tool at the top of this page. Metro Ethernet bandwidth quotes are established to a large degree by determining the distance between a telecom provider’s central office (CO) that is fiber-fed, and the business location where the circuit terminates. Another dynamic involved in determining Metro Ethernet bandwidth quotes is the number of telecom providers who can supply Metro Ethernet to a specific location. As a general rule, the more providers who can supply a location, the lower the prices will be.  

Metro Ethernet is Ethernet service that is provided in a metropolitan area, such as any major city in the U.S. Telecom providers and carriers provide many central offices in large cities to meet the needs of densely populated areas. The result of these multiple CO’s is that most large cities are meshed in fiber and therefore Ethernet is more widely available to businesses located in these larger cities.  

Examples of Metro Ethernet would be Fast Ethernet (Fast-E) and Gigabit Ethernet (Gig-E). A Fast-E circuit is 100 Megabits per second of bandwidth and a Gig-E circuit is 1000 mbps of bandwidth. Both Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet can also be provided in fractional increments. Fractional Fast-E is provided at any bandwidth increment from 10 mbps up to 100 mbps, fractional Gig-E is provided at any bandwidth increment from 100 mbps up to 1000 mbps. For example a customer could order a fractional Fast-E circuit at 20 mbps or a fractional Gig-E circuit at 400 mbps. Metro Ethernet is often burstable. In order to obtain burstable bandwidth, for example, a business can order a burstable Fast-E circuit and pay for a minimum of 20 mbps of bandwidth per month, if this meets their normal requirements. However, if this same business has unique periods throughout the billing month where they need short bursts of increased bandwidth, with burstable Fast-E, they will receive extra bandwidth in real-time while having the ability to burst all the way up to 100 mbps as needed. They will only be charged for the bandwidth they used and for the period of time that they used it. This same concept applies to burstable Gig-E when bandwidth over 100 mbps is needed.  

If your business is located in a major metropolitan area, you can obtain same-day Metro Ethernet bandwidth quotes for your location by using the pricing tool at the top of this page. This will allow you access to competitive pricing from 40 of the top Metro Ethernet providers in the U.S. Our pricing tool is free, easy to use and there is no obligation.  

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