Are Dark Fiber Providers Right for Your Business?
Sometimes, the best move a business can make is to think outside the box. When it comes to your telecommunications needs, a good way to do that is to include dark fiber providers in the mix.
In order to understand how they can help you, you have to start by understanding what “dark fiber” is. Simply put, it’s fiber that hasn’t been “lit” yet – meaning that the cables have been installed and are all ready to go, but they’re not active.
Why are they there, then?
Lots of fiber was installed during the dot com boom of the late 1990’s. However, the bubble burst shortly thereafter, and no one needed it. As a result, there’s a giant over-supply of dark fiber today that’s available for wholesale prices – as long as you’re willing to make it active.
Plenty of entities are; they’re called “dark fiber providers”.
So, are they the right match for your business?
They could be – especially if you’re trying to save money on your telecommunications budget. Since dark fiber providers are getting their product at wholesale rates, they can sell it to you for a lower price than many of the “traditional” providers can. As a result, they tend to give you better bang for your buck.
One group of people that can really thrive with dark fiber is people that need lots of bandwidth. Because there is such a glut of it, dark fiber providers can give you as much as you want – meaning your network can literally have as much bandwidth as you want. That’s a major upgrade from the traditional providers, who all have limits (even though those limits can be very high, they’re limits nonetheless!).
Dark fiber providers are also great at working with you. Since they’ve taken a rather non-traditional route, they’re happy to help you do the same. As a result, you can often get much more unique “extras” from a dark fiber provider than you can from a traditional one. In fact, dark fiber providers often refer to their services as having a “boutique” approach, because it’s so unique!
But there are some “oldies but goodies” in the dark fiber world, too. Specifically, dark fiber providers will give you the protection of a Service Level Agreement and the convenience of Quality of Service when you sign up.
That way, you can combine all of those non-traditional perks with traditional conveniences and come up with something that’s just right!
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