EFM – Ethernet First Mile
What is EFM?
Ethernet First Mile uses existing copper pairs which are bonded at the exchange and at your premises using terminating equipment to present a single Ethernet connection. This provides a fast (up to 35Mbps) and reliable service which is more cost effective than traditional leased lines and smaller fibre circuits.
Because it uses existing copper infrastructure, in most cases there is considerably less chance of an Ethernet First Mile service requiring civil engineering works and associated costs to install it.
As well as a Service Level Agreement, EFM connections come with a fixed IP address and a choice of routers and back-up options. Ethernet First Mile can be used as a standalone internet connection or as part of an MPLS or VPLS Wide Area Network (WAN). With incredible costs, uncontended bandwidth and symmetrical speeds, this is the best product on the market if a leased line is out of your reach!
Ethernet First Mile benefits
EFM circuits are backed by a 99.9 % SLA (Service Level Agreement) The need for fast reliable network services is growing all the time, together with the need for lower pricing. EFM takes business broadband to the next level as it enables the support of IP VPNs and VoIP as well as hosted cloud services, yet remains a cost effective alternative to a leased line together with the added benefit of shorter installation times. This is down to the utilisation of existing copper wires.
Prices can sometimes be up to 50% cheaper than a leased line and services can usually be up and operational anywhere between 20 and 65 working days.
For businesses who want a high speed network connection at a very reasonable price without compromising the quality of the service and connection, then EFM is the best option as it provides reliable connectivity making this connection appropriate for small and large business and also individual use.
To see if EFM is available in your area get in touch with us today – 03300 770070.
EFM stands for Ethernet in the First Mile. The First mile of the circuit is the link between the end user and the public network. It’s in this segment that most bottlenecks occur. The main objective is to improve the effectiveness of this portion of the circuit for enhanced connectivity and resilience. This technology can be used on fibre circuits, but more commonly utilises existing copper circuits. ‘EFM over copper’ works by sending electrical signals over copper wires to deliver speeds of up to 35 Mbps.
Network operators will provide at least 2 and up to as many as 8 copper pairs. Bandwidth requirements and the distance between premises and the main exchange determine the number of copper pairs to be used. This is why the costs vary so much geographically, and why it’s not available in some areas.
The use of multiple lines is one of the main selling points of EFM. If one individual line fails, connection will still be maintained albeit at a lower throughput. Therefore you business will never be without a reliable stable connection.
EFM Vs other products
|Speeds / Bandwidth|
|Speed||2Mbps – 35Mbps||We are able to offer guaranteed speeds from 2Mbps to 35Mbps up to 4.5km from the exchange. Speeds can be scaled by adding more pairs up to a maximum of 8.|
|Contention||1:1||The bandwidth supplied is not shared with anyone. As such you won’t see any fluctuations in speed other than what is being consumed by your workers.|
|Live EFM Nodes||721||There are 721 live EFM nodes available to us across the UK.|
|Exchanges||over 2000||over 2000 exchanges have been built to deploy EFM.|
|Coverage||Approx 74%||Approximately 74% of UK businesses have EFM available to them.|
|Time scales||25 Working Days||It typically takes 25 working days for an EFM circuit to be installed.|
|Pricing||Varies||The price you pay will vary depending on your location and bandwidth requirements. As such it is important you make contact with a member of our team to provide you with a tailored quote.|
|Contract Length||1 or 3 Years (2yr option available)||Free installation options are available on longer term contracts. We can provide you with multiple package deals for you to choose from.|
|SLA||7 Hour Fix||In the unlikely event of a failure on your line we will provide on-site assistance, around the clock, with a 7 hour fix aim.|
|Resilience||Yes||Multi-pair delivery means the loss of a single pair doesn’t result in total loss of service. Additional resilience is enabled through distribution over five units within an exchange. Pairs within a single EFM circuit are split over the units.|
|Data Caps||Unmetered||There are no usage caps or fair usage policies applied to leased lines.|
|Included As Standard|
|Static IPv4||Included||We can supply a routed block of IPv4 addresses at no additional cost. The size of the allocation must comply with RIPE rules.|
|Static IPv6||Included||As standard we can supply your connection with a /48 allocation offering countless IP addresses for you to use.|
|Monitoring||Included||We proactively monitor your connection and will be available around the clock to offer support in the event of failure.|