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Fractional T1

Fractional T1 Line Information and Pricing
A fractional T1 is simply less bandwidth than a full T1.  Fractional T1 lines come complete with all the same quality and performance guarantees the full T1 offers only it's costs slightly less.  How much less?  In the late 1990's, a fractional T1 might have been about 40% less than the full 1.54 Mbps T1.  Today, there is hardly any difference in the pricing, maybe 10% to 15% at best.  
  • A fractional T1 has a 50-75% bandwidth decrease but only a 5 to 15% price decrease

While it doesn't hurt to ask for fractional T1 pricing, the majority of T1 line users opt for the full T1.  Use the form below to request both fractional and full T1 information.


T1 Line T1 Internet T1 Connection T1 Service T1 Price T1 Provider T1 Prices T1 Pricing $550 to $1200 per month
  • A T1 line is available almost anywere (unlike DSL)
  • A T1 connection is always up and running, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - guaranteed
  • T1 lines are a higher quality Internet service providing a firm foundation for other advanced applications such as mail or web servers, multi-user VPN, Citrix, or VOIP services
  • T1 connections can decrease expensive phone bills by placing up to 23 phone lines with dedicated long distance service on the T1 line in addition to Internet service!

How will you be using this T1 connection?

Internet Use (for email, web browsing, file transfer, every day Internet use or web/mail servers, etc.)
Please include Voice Over IP Service information
Please include Voice and Web Conferencing information
Please include secure VPN networking information
Phone Use (for voice, long distance, local calling, traditional PBX, etc.)
Please include PRI information
Please include Digital Trunk information
Please include Dedicated Long Distance information
Please include Voice and Web Conferencing information
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Fractional vs. Full T1 Prices

There isn't much of a cost difference between a fractional T1 and a full (1.5 Mbps) T1.   Why?  Well, so we can better understand, let's start by taking a peak at the specific costs of delivering T1 service.

The fractional T1 service providers have two costs associated with your T1 - the "local loop" and the
"port".  The local phone company provides and installs the local loop.  The T1 provider supplies the "port" which is connection between the local loop and the Internet (or PSTN if you're using phone service with your T1).

The cost of your local loop is the same - irregardless if it's a full T1 or fractional T1 loop because the local phone company always sets the local loop a 1.54 Mbps. Why?  Because it takes the same amount of copper wires and other equipment to run a fractional T1 as it does a full T1.  The local phone company views all T1 users as "full T1" users no matter if they are full, or fractional T1's.  And of course, the local phone company charges your T1 provider the same cost as well!  Since there are no cost savings for the T1 provider or the local phone company on a local loop, the end user customer doesn't get any cost cutting here either.

The cost of the port has two parts - the equipment and the bandwidth charges.  The equipment is just like the local loop.  The amount of time required to install and maintain the fractional T1 port equipment is the same as required for a full T1 port.  No cost savings on equipment.

Finally we get to the cost savings - the bandwidth charges.  For the T1 provider, bandwidth charges make up probably about 10% of the total cost of providing a T1.  Surprisingly most of the expense in providing T1 services is in getting them installed, paying the local phone company for the local loops, and the ongoing support, billing and other day-to-day maintenance expenses. 

Fractional T1 providers are willing to discount fractional T1 services only slightly because it only costs them slightly less to offer the fractional T1 instead of the full T1!  Except for bandwidth expenses, the T1 providers' cost of offering fractional and full T1 service is nearly the same.

“I have picked a provider and they will have me up and running quickly. Your web page took a lot of the trouble out of hunting for a provider.   I have opened many branch offices for my company (in the past), and will use T1 Shopper for any in the future.   This cut the process of finding providers, getting quotes, and making the decision on who to use, down to one week.   It was very painless.”


Cedric Halbach, Systems Administrator
Metropolitan Interpreters and Translators, Inc. Santa Ana, CA www.metstaff.com
Tuesday, Mar 16 2004 at 08:36.49 am

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