T1 Bandwidth


T1 bandwidth is one of the greatest advances in modern Internet technology and has become an essential part in deploying Wide Area Network (WAN)-based technologies. T1 lines has a fix bandwidth speed of 1.544 Mbps. However, about 8 Kbps of said bandwidth is utilized in other tasks such as packet channel tracking; hence, T1 bandwidth is typically about 1.536 Mbps. T1 bandwidth is very useful for the operations of medium-sized businesses to larger sized conglomerates.

Conventional telephone lines typically transmit via copper wires which send audio as analog signals. Basic modems for traditional phone lines are able to transmit data at about 30 Kbps, or about 30,000 bits per second. On the other hand, a T1 data line can hold up to 24 digitized voice channels at any given time and it is capable of transmitting data at a maximum rate of 1.544 megabits per second. T1 lines are quite useful for telephone conversations as it is highly scalable with existing telephone systems. One only needs to plug the T1 line into an existing phone system. For data transmission services, T1 lines are to be connected with the local router.

T1 data lines can support digital audio signals of about 192,000 bytes per second, which is 60 times more data compared to traditional modem technology. T1 service lines are much more reliable than conventional phone technology and provide businesses with an edge over their immediate competition. Of course, T1 lines are much more expensive than conventional modem technology. However, the return of investment for T1 technology is higher compared to using standard modem or wireless broadband technology. Nonetheless, T1 bandwidth is not for everyone especially for businesses with lower bandwidth requirements. Businesses should examine their existing systems thoroughly and analyze business needs before deciding to upgrade to T1 bandwidth speeds.

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