Friday, May 2, 2008

Axxcelera Broadband Wireless

Most recently known as SkyPipeline, Inc., this T1 service provider is another one of those smaller companies with only about 60 employees (as opposed to Qwest’s huge network). As such, their area of service is very limited to only a few counties in the western United States, mainly the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles County, Orange County, Santa Barbara County, Ventura County, San Diego County, and Las Vegas.

Compared to other companies, Axxcelera has a relatively cheap pricing plan at only $159 per month for a fractional T1 line and $349 for full T1 service. The company prides itself on providing “reliable, responsive, and personalized service” to its subscribers and this is reflected in their commitments, with 100% on throughput and data delivery, and 99.99% on on-net network availability. Their maximum latency is comparable to the best in the business with 50ms roundtrip, with a more moderate packet loss of less than 1%. Needless to say, the company offers the standard 4-hour restoration time should their system go down.

But the best part of this whole deal? Axxcelera promises to install your internet within 3-7 business days (not weeks), which is incredibly quick for a T1 line to be set up. Since they have a limited service area, I supposed this shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it’s still pretty incredible.

The good: Very cheap price for a dedicated T1 line. Although Axxcelera has fewer commitments than others, the ones they do offer are substantially good. The provisioning time is also within a week, which is far better than almost every other provider I’ve come across so far.

The bad: It’s a minute company with extremely limited range. As with most small companies, unless you live in their areas of service, don’t bother with calling their ordering number.

The bottom line: If you’re within the regions where they’re available, I would suggest giving Axxcelera a strong shot. It seems like a fairly good deal.