What is Private Line Service or a “Point to Point Connection”?
Private Line service provides dedicated service connectivity with high transmission speeds. Just as the word “private” describes it, private line service is not shared with any other customer, and has two additional critical features: data security and low latency connectivity. Private line services carry voice, data, and video traffic and can be deployed across various connectivity technologies such as T1, Ethernet, Optical Carrier, SONET, DWDM, Wave, etc.
The Benefits of Private Line Service:
- Private Lines include dedicated service connections with high transmission speeds.
- Private Lines are indeed “private” and provide excellent data security for sensitive transmissions.
- Point to Point Private line circuits provide ultra low latency with speeds scaling up to 40Gbps
- Private Point to Point connections, unlike transmissions over the Internet, do not suffer from latency or congestion problems. All the traffic on this connection belongs to the client.
Private Line service is ideal for large global organizations that are spread out and require high speed connections between their locations. Fast backups of critical private data is enabled by the low latency connections offered by private point-to-point lines. Private line service is an ideal solution for many kinds of clients, including: Institutions that transmit large volumes of data at high speeds, investment traders that rely on ultra low latency connections, organizations that must have data privacy and high quality feed transmissions for broadcasters. They are all served by the private line service of a point-to-point circuits.
What is Dark Fiber?
Dark Fiber is unused fiber optic cable under the ground which is operated by fiber network carriers and can be used to turn up capacity when needed. The dark fiber strands are typically leased to companies that are looking to install optical connections between their locations.
For example, network or hosting providers that own and operate their network who do not want to purchase leased lines or bandwidth from other entities will use fiber and light dark fiber when necessary to grow their network capacity as needed. Backbone carriers may light dark fiber in order to extend their network to different data centers. Data centers that want to connect to one another, or customers that are looking to connect offices and campuses together are another use case. The word "dark" in "dark fiber" means that no light pulses are being send across the fiber optic cable. Typically dark fiber can be leased as single pair but also as redundant pairs for companies seeking additional route diversity or redundancy.