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Making a Drop-Dead Simple Videoconferencing Bandwidth Choice

November 23, 2009

There’s an obvious reason videoconferencing provider Glowpoint uses Covad T1 services: “The value for price we receive is phenomenal compared to traditional point-to-point, dedicated, private-line T1,” said Tom Schroeder, Glowpoint VP.

If you think about it, that decision is almost drop-dead simple. Nailed up private line circuits are mileage sensitive. So an enterprise linking multiple sites across the country, especially in a mesh configuration, is looking at a significant bandwidth bill.
By using Covad, Glowpoint customers pay for a local T1 access circuit, which then hits a Covad point of presence for wide area transmission. In a mesh configuration, that means paying only for the tail circuits, not each of the dedicated long haul T1s.
“You don’t have to nail up a nationwide T1 dedicated circuit,” said Tadashi Egami, Covad senior marketing director.
But Schroeder also gives Covad high marks for service intervals.
“Typical delivery for traditional private-line service is 15 to 30 business days,” he said. Covad also has been known to install within four days, and the average is 10 to 12 days, he said.

Gary Kim is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Gary’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri

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