What are the Advantages of Using Dedicated Internet Access?


Broadband appears to have achieved world domination.  With broadband, though, there are no guarantees.  You’re essentially sharing your connection with other users.  It’s like a connectivity cooperative.

While subscribers pay lower rates for what are purported to be high-speed connections, there’s no guarantee of the speed you’ve been promised.  That’s because you’re sharing.

With Dedicated Internet Access, you have a direct pipeline to the provider and guarantee speeds, so you know exactly what you’re getting.  There’s a lot to love about IDA.

So, what are the advantages of using Dedicated Internet Access instead of broadband?  Let’s dive in.

Not Everyone Needs It

Residential users, even if they’re using their connections for business purposes, do well enough with DSL or cable on broadband.  The same can be said for small businesses with a small corps of employees.

But when you’re a larger company with a bunch of people online trying to get things done, DIA is the answer.

The type of business you’re doing also determines whether DIA is a fit.  If, for example, you’re an internet-based company with a handful of employees, you may need to share larges files, especially image files.  That’s where DIA is a better bet.

Guaranteed Speed

The most compelling advantage of DIA is its reliability and guaranteed speed.  Providers promise their users that speed almost 100% of the time.  If that promise is not kept, your company is entitled to receive compensation according to the service agreement in place which stipulates the speed.

And that speed is guaranteed for both uploading and downloading.  With broadband, your download speeds will be on point, but the same may not be said of upload speeds.  DIA offers guaranteed speed for both.

If you’re providing data to end users, upload speed is the heart of your business, so DIA is your best bet.

Varieties of DIA

Speed and distance define the varieties of DIA, with the following available:

  • T1/DS1 – This style of transmission is copper-based, transmitting data at speeds of up to 1.5 mbs per second. If you have two T1 circuits operating, they can be combined, providing you with a respectable 3mbs per second rate of transmission.
  • T3/DS3 – Again, copper-based, but transmitting data at a rate of 45 mbs per second.
  • Ethernet – Also copper-based, transmitting at 100 mbs per second.
  • Fiber optic – This is the King Kong of DIA. Using the power of light, you get 1000 mbs per second.

Whether DIA is right for your business, as we’ve said, depends on the type of business you’re doing.  The speed you need depends on upload size and how much transmission magic you require to get those uploads to your end users.


OpDecision is a team of telecom and wireless industry insiders dedicated to saving your company money, making the most of your telecom infrastructure and making it work for you.

DIA may be the answer for your business, so contact us.  Let’s talk about getting you what you need, reducing costs and making your world spin a little bit faster.

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