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Ethernet Services – ELAN


Ethernet Local Area Network (E-LAN) services are the multipoint version of E-line services and are ideal for multi-site companies. E-LAN extends your native Ethernet environment to connect multiple locations. FairPoint Communications’ E-LAN provides any-to-any connectivity that’s easy to manage, scalable and cost effective.


FairPoint Communications offers two E-LAN solutions:


EPLAN – Ethernet Private Local Area Network (EPLAN) services provide all your locations with true any-to-any connectivity, enabling traffic to flow directly to its destination and ensuring fault-tolerant business continuity.
E-LAN how it works
EVPLAN – Ethernet Virtual Private Local Area Network (EVPLAN) services connect all points on a common network and offer an additional level of control by employing Virtual LAN IDs to determine which locations can communicate directly with each other.
How E-LAN works


Benefits of an Ethernet Local Area Network

  • Reliable – We stand behind the service and back it with a rigorous Service Level Agreement, delivered over a core network with 99.999% availability. Low latency and low packet loss ensure data integrity.
  • Dedicated Connection – You get the performance you pay for without connecting to the open Internet or sharing bandwidth at peak usage times with neighboring businesses.
  • Seamless Integration – Easily integrate with additional data and voice applications.
  • Easy to Manage – We eliminate the complexity of WAN and LAN management by providing full management and maintenance of equipment, proactive trouble ticketing, and a Managed Services Portal so customers can view usage and performance 24/7. We also offer Layer 2/Layer 3 control protocol support.
  • Highly Scalable – You can easily adjust your bandwidth from 3 Mbps to 1 Gbps or more, so you get data at the speed of your business.
  • Cost Efficiency – Enjoy a lower cost-per-Mbps than legacy frame or ATM.
  • Better Performance – Class of Service (CoS) and Quality of Service (QoS) agreements enhance your traffic’s prioritization on FairPoint Communications’ network to provide higher service level metrics for critical applications.
  • Ability to Streamline – Run voice and data on a single network.

Technical Comparison

E-LAN services offer advantages over legacy frame relay services.

 E-LAN  Frame Relay
 Scalability  Flexible, highly scalable  Rigid, difficult to scale
 Simplicity  Fewer ports and more simplicity  More ports and complexity
 Equipment Required  Less equipment  Equipment intensive
 Speed  High-speed availability  Limited speeds
 Efficiency  Highly efficient and cost effective  Can be costly


E-LAN Diagram
E-LAN solutions

Frame Relay Diagram
Frame Relay


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