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If it’s time for your business to invest in a new network, it might be time to cross over to the dark side. Specifically, you may want to invest in a dark fiber network!
But how do you know if dark fiber networks are right for you?
Well, they’re the right choice, if you want to:
1. Manage your own scalability
You don’t have to rely on a provider’s whims. Instead, you can just buy more dark fiber yourself!
But is that really feasible?
Considering how much of it got left behind in the dot com bust, you buy as much as you want. So, dark fiber networks are perfect for businesses that are growing quickly, or for businesses that have no idea what their technological needs are going to be down the road.
2. Get a completely custom network
Traditional network providers will only give you so many options. However, dark fiber networks can be as unique as you want. You can go above and beyond when it comes to interfaces, connections, and equipment.
Plus, if you light the dark fiber yourself, you’ll have access to all of the statistics yourself. That way, you’ll be able to see exactly where to improve your network and where you can streamline things.
3. Negotiate your own service level agreement
Because dark fiber networks aren’t one-size-fits-all, no provider will be able to hand you a standard service level agreement. (At least, the good providers won’t try to do this!)
Instead, you and your provider will have to come up with a fair service level agreement from scratch. Or, at the very least, you’ll have to take their standard contract and make some changes to it.
Yes, this involves doing more work, but the good news is that you’ll know exactly what you’re getting into (all the way down to the finest of fine print) before you sign on the dotted line.
4. Be in complete control
If you’re sick of the same ol’ story from every traditional provider out there, dark fiber networks may be the perfect solution. With them, you’ll get to control everything – from the lighting of the fiber, to the equipment you use, to the maintenance of the network. You’ll be much more hands-on than you would with a traditional network.
5. Be totally private
Unlike VPNs (which account for most affordable networks these days), dark fiber networks don’t tap into the public internet at all. As a result, you can feel comfortable sending even your most critical information across them!