Metro Ethernet

Metro Ethernet can be obtained in bandwidth capacities ranging from 2 megabits per second (mbps), up to 1000 mbps.

Ethernet over Copper provides bandwidth in capacity options that range from two to fortyfive mbps, depending on your needs, and distance from the telecom central office.

Other examples of Metro Ethernet include Fast Ethernet (Fast-E) and Gigabit Ethernet (Gig-E). A Fast-E circuit is 100 mbps of bandwidth and a Gig-E circuit is 1000 mbps of bandwidth. Both Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet can also be provided in fractional increments. Fractional Fast-E is provided at any bandwidth increment from 10 mbps up to 90 mbps; fractional Gig-E is provided in bandwidth increments from 100 mbps up to 900 mbps. For example, a customer could order a fractional Fast-E circuit at 20 mbps or a fractional Gig-E circuit at 400 mbps.

Metro Ethernet is often burstable. In order to obtain burstable bandwidth, for example, a business can order a burstable Fast-E circuit and pay for a minimum of 20 mbps of bandwidth per month, if this meets their normal requirements. However, if this same business has unique periods throughout the billing month where they need short bursts of increased bandwidth, with burstable Fast-E, they will receive extra bandwidth in real-time while having the ability to burst all the way up to 100 mbps as needed. They will only be charged for the bandwidth they used and for the period of time that they used it. This same concept applies to burstable Gig-E when bandwidth over 100 mbps is needed.

To obtain pricing and availability for any ethernet circuit for your business location, please enter your information into our real-time pricing tool (on this page).

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