Ethernet Private Line

There are many advantages to deploying Ethernet Private Line service over traditional TDM (DS1/DS3) circuits. Ethernet Private Line service offers a range of bandwidth speed options, and since the underlying access port can typically support up to 1Gb customers can initially install a 10Mb or 20Mb connection and easily increase the bandwidth up to 100Mb or 1Gb by placing a simple service request…no need to re-install circuits or replace hardware. Ethernet transport is also less complex and less rigid than traditional synchronous time division multiplexed circuits.

Ethernet Private Line is now available to the majority of business locations in the US, but cost can fluctuate based on a number of factors including geography and physical street address. At some locations, customers find the cost of 10Mb or 20Mb Ethernet Private Line comparable to T1 or bonded T1 service and 50Mb or 100Mb Ethernet circuits comparable to a DS3 connection. But, this is not always the case and informed customers will want to compare DS3 and Ethernet pricing on a per location basis before making a decision.

Quickly evolving as the new service of choice among all customers, Ethernet Private Line takes a well-known and well established LAN transport technology and extends it to the Wide Area Network. Wide Area Ethernet, Metro Ethernet and Ethernet Private Line are terms used interchangeably to describe basically the same thing…extending Ethernet beyond the LAN to connect building locations across town, across country or across the globe. As the need for speed increases, T1 Co customers are trending away from traditional TDM circuits in favor of higher speed and more flexible Ethernet Private Line services.


Installation interval for Ethernet Private Line is typically 120 days.