Dark Fibre vs Ethernet

Here we review the difference between Dark Fibre vs Ethernet. Dark Fibre is as it sounds and refers to fibre that is unlit and unmanaged but owned or leased wholly by the business purchasing it whereas, Ethernet for business is where the bandwidth required is leased from a connectivity provider who manages the network.

For most, business Ethernet (also known as Carrier Ethernet) is probably the best choice for day-to-day networking, especially for companies who work across multiple sites and those with requirements for multiple users to access the network easily and at one time. With an increase in the number of remote workers in businesses and the advent of Cloud applications, there are increasingly more people trying to access networks from a greater range of locations – home, satellite offices as well as main sites.

There are a variety of connectivity options, Ethernet Point-to-Point (P2P), Ethernet Point-to-Multipoint (P2MP) and Ethernet VPLS depending on the complexity of the network needed. Ethernet is also available over a range of bandwidths – from 10Mbps to 10Gbps – enabling businesses to scale up or down and pay only for capacity they need. With minimal costs associated, Ethernet is also one of the most cost-effective services available. Find out more about Ethernet for business.

Dark Fibre, on the other hand, provides limitless capacity at low cost (versus a managed network) and works well where network protocol isn’t required, but high capacity is. Where distances are short and only P2P connectivity is needed is often where Dark Fibre could be most effective.

A Dark Fibre network is considered more secure than Ethernet as it is a direct connection from point A to point B and is dedicated rather than traversing multiple networks, and it is privately operated meaning control lies with the business and not a network provider. Therefore, Dark Fibre is more suited to businesses that deal with sensitive data, such as financial services and healthcare. It’s worth being aware however that the end-user will be responsible for the maintenance of the network and will need to be prepared for potential failures.

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