Supporting multiple businesses can require multiple leased T1 (1.5 megabit-per-second) lines or an expensive T3 (45 Mbps) line, says Ron Westernik, ASC's vice president and chief operating officer.
"The RBOX 1240 supports 24 T1 lines and uses inverse multiplexing to concentrate the traffic so that the CLEC makes the most efficient use of its back-haul facilities," Westernik
says.The box also supports a T3 link.
The price for an RBOX 1240 - about $12,000 - means that a CLEC could offer a reliable T1 Internet service for as little as $800 and still have a profitable operation.With as few as two T1 trunks going into the RBOX system, the CLEC would have a backup for service.
"With IMA [Inverse Multiplexing-over-ATM], if one T1 trunk fails, there is still service - it may be slower, but it doesn't go down," Westernik
says.And, the CLEC can get started at a reasonable cost and then add customers as they sign up.
"Instead of having to wait six or eight weeks to get another T1 provisioned, they can add a customer within hours," Westernik
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