A dedicated Internet connection is a service where a provider dedicates a specific amount of bandwidth for that connection. This bandwidth is not shared with anyone else other than the users of that physical circuit. Being a dedicated connection the performance is always consistent and reliability very high. Dedicated Internet access is also known as DIA, and comes in a number of connection types, including:
- Dedicated Fiber – EoF, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, Metro Ethernet
- Ethernet over Copper – EoC
- T1 – DS1
- T3 – DS3
- Dedicated Fixed Wireless
Different locations have varying availability of each Internet service type. The type of dedicated Internet connection needed depends on what the location can accommodate. Each type of circuit is priced according to the level of bandwidth speed and contract length, which is typically 1,2,3 year terms. When you order a dedicated Internet connection, the amount of bandwidth you receive is guaranteed. Also, performance metrics like network latency, packet loss, uptime, and repair timeframes are also guaranteed in a document called an SLA or Service Level Agreement. This ensures your Internet connection performs at a consistent service level or high QoS, regardless of the time of day or number of users online in the area.