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56k Frame Relay vs. ISDN

Frame Relay is the most cost-effective connection for business access to the Internet. While initial costs are higher than ISDN, the monthly cost is considerably lower and you can increase your bandwidth as your needs grow in the future. With Frame Relay you pay only for the bandwidth you need today and there is no hourly charge. ISDN calls are metered and can result in unexpectedly high monthly charges from US West if you maintain a full time connection.
56k Frame Relay ISDN
  • can increase bandwidth as needed, scaleable to full T-1 (1.54 Mbps)
  • easy to manage and configure
  • pay US West for actual bandwidth used, approx. $85 for unlimited hours
  • Minnesota Online monthly charge: $195
  • Minnesota Online setup charge: $750
  • includes US West install charge
  • includes 8 hours of network consulting
  • includes onsite configuration and installation
  • plus equipment, Motorola CSU/DSU: $239
  • plus equipment, Cisco router: $1,671
  • US West provides same day repair service on all data (frame relay) circuits
  • circuit is always live

    Total One-Time Costs: $2,660
    Total Monthly Costs: $ 280
  • only 64k or 128k
  • fairly complex to manage and configure
  • pay US West base rate plus metering charge, $185 for unlimited hours
  • Minnesota Online monthly charge: $195
  • Minnesota Online setup charge: $150
  • plus US West install charge: $110
  • plus ISDN configuration by MNO: $120
  • plus equipment, ISDN router: $700

  • US West provides 10 business day repair service on voice lines
  • 3-5 second connect time

    Total One-Time Costs: $1,080
    Total Monthly Costs: $ 380

    With 56k Frame Relay you get an easy-to-manage system that is fully scaleable, and a live circuit that is repaired on a same-day basis by US West.

    With ISDN you get 64k-128k, 3-5 second connect time, and a 10 business day repair guarantee from US West.

    Which would you choose?

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