How IP Transit Works
Not all internet service providers are able to provide wide internet reach without incurring huge costs. As part of the internet connectivity market, IP transit provides a way to help local providers and enterprises offer a superior service at a lower cost to complement their connectivity services.
What is the Internet?
The first step is a clear understanding of how the internet works.
Servers, usually located in dedicted data centres, are where the information on the internet is stored. Through the internet, servers are able to connect to each other even if they are located half way across the world. To access and view information on your device, an exchange of information needs to happen between a server and your device.
To access the internet, a server or device requires an IP address. A router sends a request to the server where a website you’re interested in is located. Your device’s IP address helps the server identify exactly where the requested information needs to be sent. Data is then copied from the server to your device.
In a nutshell, the internet consists of numerous servers making up a web of interconnected information, working together to share this data across the world.
Where does IP Transit fit in all these?
Your internet connection needs to go through one or more networks, that are not always a part of your internet provider’s infrastructure, in order to successfully send or receive data through the internet. This is known as “transit”. Internet service providers allow for such connections to transit through their wide network in order to provide a faster and smoother user experience when using the internet. This service is known as IP transit.
Types of IP Transit Providers
There are three main types of IP transit providers. They are classified by their capabilities via different tier levels.
Tier 1 IP transit providers provide one of the best experiences for internet users. With a wide global reach expanding to different continents around the world, tier 1 IP transit providers have the ability to connect your business website to a wider global audience.
In addition, all tier 1 providers across the world connect with each other. They allow devices on corresponding tier 1 providers to transit freely across one another. This means tier 1 connections need not jump from network to network each time a request for information is made. As a result of these shared routes, there is reduced overall connectivity costs for businesses who partner with a tier 1 provider.
Tier 2 providers also have large networks consisting of numerous data centres, resulting in a wide reach for businesses that partner with them. Similar to tier 1 IP transit providers, tier 2 providers connect with each other freely so as to provide a wider reach than an individual provider is able to offer.
If your business internet service provider is a tier 2, but you require a tier 1 network access to reach the final destination, usage cost will be incurred for the use of tier 1 access.
Tier 3 IP transit providers tend to target local clients and service a particular region. Unlike tier 2 providers, tier 3 IP transit providers avoid incurring costs of using tier 1 access by purchasing a minor IP transit access on a tier 2 provider.
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Which IP Transit Service Provider Works Best for Your Business
To provide the best experience for your business, you need options that will support your needs as the requirement for internet connectivity increases. This means ensuring you have reliable network connectivity and is cost-effective.
5G Network Provides Top Tier IP Transit Service
When you partner with 5G Networks, your business will enjoy the global reach of a Tier 1 provider, as well as other Tier 1 carriers including PCCW, Telstra Global, Telia, Ti Sparkle and AAPT.
You will be able to access lower latency internet access within Australia, as well as to other major cities in the world.
As a leading provider of digital services, 5G Networks also offers proactive DDoS threat mitigation as an optional add-on to your IP transit service. This enables a more secure internet connection service.
For more specific information about our IP transit service and how it might benefit your busines, please get in touch.