Frame Relay

Frame Relay: A Viable Alternative for Low-Bandwidth Applications

You need a secure, efficient private network for your low-bandwidth applications, and the ability to link devices across both Local Access Networks (LANs) and Wide Area Networks (WANs). Frame Relay can deliver those capabilities at an extremely competitive price.

Frame Relay Service runs on a highly reliable network that is supported by redundant hardware components that have auto-switch capabilities. Redundant components throughout network switches include: processor cards, trunk cards and port cards. Capitalizing on the reach of the AT&T global packet network, it can be a cost-effective choice for lower-bandwidth applications and intermittent traffic requirements.

A private, cost-effective network

Frame Relay is a mature, proven technology that retains significant value for many applications. Through the use of low-cost equipment and permanent virtual circuits (PVCs), it can create a private network without the high cost of private lines. Because your data never touches the Internet, Frame Relay is highly secure.

Consistent, quality service and scalability

AT&T Frame Relay Service delivers a consistent service experience, while enabling you to utilize even greater bandwidth on demand for intermittent requirements. The service features:

  • Service level agreements for high reliability and a minimum Committed Information Rate (CIR)
  • Throughput speeds ranging from 56Kbps to 45 Mbps/DS3 for port speeds and PVC speeds from 4 Kbps to 40 Mbps
  • Scalability to quickly add locations, applications, ports and equipment

Easy web tools for more control

The AT&T BusinessDirect® Portal provides direct 24x7 access to a comprehensive self-care toolset. These tools can help you:

  • Place and track orders
  • Initiate and track trouble tickets
  • Access account, billing information and payment capabilities
  • Monitor and manage the network
  • View performance and utilization reports


Frame Relay and the AT&T ATM backbone can deliver outstanding performance for many organizations, at an excellent price. However, for some current Frame Relay/ATM customers, a VPN might be a better fit for their applications. Consider these questions to see if your organization could benefit from migration to an AT&T VPN solution:

Are you planning to add high-bandwidth applications to your corporate applications suite?

Frame Relay may not efficiently handle consistently high-bandwidth applications, so the move to VPN could be a more cost-effective strategy.

Do you need to prioritize applications according to business criticality?

In many cases, VPN technologies can provide greater control and efficiency using class of service (CoS) to prioritize applications. This can result in higher performance and availability for key applications, which can save both time and money.

Has your company centralized servers in a data center or multiple data centers?

A VPN can often be a better choice because it enables higher-speed connectivity that links regions and headquarters with the data centers. It can also connect disparate data centers in multiple locations more efficiently.


If migration to a VPN solution makes sense for your enterprise, we'll work with you to assess your needs and design a solution that meets your unique business requirements. VPN solutions from AT&T include network-based VPNs, premises-based VPNs and remote access services that can help you to connect your business to customers, applications, data and other businesses on a single, converged network with enterprise-class scalability.

Visit our VPN page to learn more.