T-1s, Not DSL, Ripe for SMBs
Move over DSL. The Yankee Group reports that T-1s are the best technology to address the 685,000 small-to-medium-sized businesses in the U.S.Move over DSL. The Yankee Group reports that T-1s are the best technology to address the 685,000 small-to-medium-sized businesses in the U.S. While the promise of integrated service over DSL has been much touted by vendors and providers alike, both have yet to deliver on that promise in the form of available services. As T-1 prices continue to fall, integrated services over a T-1 are likely to be more economical and timely for businesses with between 20 and 200 employees, according to Mike Lauricella, analyst for the Yankee Group. Instead DSL will be curbed to serving the lower end of the small-business market, he says. "For larger companies, the consistent under-deliverability of DSL and a greater need for a robust connection and flexibility made T-1s are better offering," says Lauricella. "DSL is a perfect technology thats fast and cheap, but once a firm gets more serious about connectivity they need to look at a truly dedicated offering."
However all is not doom and gloom for DSL, notes Lauricella. "Serving smaller businesses is not a bad thing," he says. "There are millions and millions of them vs. thousands."