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Telecom Translations

DSL, ISDN, T1--which is best for you? Click here.

You run your business, focusing on your core competencies, but telecommunications costs are increasingly eating away at your profits. You might be able to reduce your costs on cellular or long-distance service, but how on earth can you figure out the cost benefits of DSL (Digital Subscriber Line), ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) or T1 (One Trunk) lines?

VoicePro (http://www.voicepro.com), a telecommunications consulting firm in San Ramon, California, now offers a network services department that can filter through both local and national telecommunications offerings and make a best-price or best-service recommendation to you. It can also translate mind-numbing telecom jargon into plain English so you know what you're getting into (or can at least impress colleagues at a business lunch). Other consultants, like MGC Communications Inc. (http://www.mgci.com) and Teligent (http://www.teligent.com), offer similar services for about $100 per month.

Why should you pay for an analysis of your telecommunications costs? Because there's a lot you can do to modernize your networks and achieve cost savings that you're probably not aware of--and you probably don't have time to sift through the jargon yourself.

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This article was originally published in the November 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: No Hands Required.

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