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On-Net VS Off-Net (On-Network/Off-Network) is most easily understood if we think bachồng to cellular service a decade ago.

Your Mobile plan had a trang chủ area where all of your calls were không tính tiền and your service worked best. You typically also had coverage outside of your trang chủ area where calls weren"t không tính tiền and service could be spotty. If you were within this outside area, it was known as "roaming". In this situation, calls were potentially being made on competing carrier equipment that had to lớn be leased by your cellular provider for your calls lớn work.

Off-Net services can be thought of as similar lớn how roaming worked on the older cellular networks.


The example of cellular roaming is just one type of service that would be considered Off-Net. Most commonly you will hear the terms relating lớn data connectivity.

On-Net service can be an environment wholly owned by your service provider, or it could mean that your service provider leases lines (such as fiber) but owns the associated hardware/data center that powers the connection. It can also mean the opposite. The provider could lease the hardware but own the fiber.

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In most cases On-Net service will refer to lines and associated hardware owned và controlled by your provider. Keep in mind definitions can vary between companies.

Service Level Agreements (SLA"s)

Depending on your service provider, On-Net or Off-Net can provide different service levels.

If service is completely On-Net with your provider, chances are they will be able to lớn bill & service the connection with maximum tốc độ và efficiency. This applies khổng lồ changes/upgrades và out of service conditions.

If service is Off-Net, the same service màn chơi (speeds, capacities etc) may not be available. In addition, changes, upgrades & response to lớn out of service conditions may take longer & be more complex. This is due to your provider leasing service from a 3rd tiệc nhỏ và having limited or no physical control/access to the network connection and/or equipment.

With Off-Net service, SLA"s & terms should be looked at & decided on more carefully with your provider.

Pricing differences

On-Net services can be offered at lower prices because all of the components are in place with the current provider và there are no 3rd tiệc ngọt payments to lớn make on the lines or hardware. The efficiency of an already established network is passed on khổng lồ the end-user in cost savings.

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Because Off-Net services are leased from a 3rd các buổi tiệc nhỏ, they will generally cost more than their On-Net equivalent. The up-side is the ability khổng lồ offer service rather than none at all.


On the surface, On-Net & Off-Net isn"t all that complicated. When someone says "we offer that On-Net", it usually means cheaper, more efficient & with a typical service level agreement you would expect from your provider.

If service is referred to lớn as "Off-Net" then it will generally cost a little more & you"ll want to lớn work out the terms of how things get fixed when something goes wrong.

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Cory is a Training & Development Manager with over 24 years of experience in the technology channel.