What Is the Name for OC12?


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OC12 stands for Optical Carrier 12. OC1 through OC192 and greater bandwidths are standard rates of measurement for the speed of fiber-optic cable Internet connections. High-speed OC12 network cable provides a transmission rate equal to that of OC1 (51.84 megabits per second) times 12, which equals 622.08 megabits per second.

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Internet bandwidth connections between OC3 and OC12 are usually sufficient for the needs of small- and medium-sized businesses. Internet service providers require higher-speed bandwidths and may use one or more OC48 cable connections. The highest-speed bandwidth connections of OC192 and greater are used by the Internet backbone, which links the world's largest networks.

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