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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 along with a managed router and choice of backup options. 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!

EFM Overview

EFM Explained

“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 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.

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Ethernet First Mile Benefits

  • Costs

    With pricing sometimes as much as 50% cheaper than a leased line but still maintaining all the benefits, this technology is the best for those that do not have the higher budget.

  • SLA

    With a 4 hour response, 6 hour fix Service Level Agreement as standard, you can rest assured that your connection will be fixed quickly. It also comes with 24/7 support as standard!

  • Speeds

    With speeds on this product ranging from 2Mb to 35Mb there is surely a speed suitable for every business. The closer you are to the exchange, the faster you will be able to go.

  • Perfect For All Services

    Services such as VoIP or cloud based services are vastly improved due to the result of EFM’s symmetrical and dedicated nature but at a fraction of the cost of a leased line.

  • Symmetric Bandwidth

    Ethernet First Mile comes with guaranteed bandwidth which is totally symmetrical meaning your upload and downloads speeds will be completely the same.

  • Dedicated Bandwidth

    The bandwidth that comes with this technology is dedicated which makes it ideal for businesses sick of being on contended services such as broadband where your connection is shared.

EFM Pricing

Upto 10Mb EFM Starting from:
£125per month
  • Dedicated EFM line for your business
  • Symmetrical upload & download speeds
  • Delivered over 2 copper pairs
  • 7 hour fault fix time
  • Pricing excludes vat
Upto 25Mb EFM Starting from:
£190per month
  • Dedicated EFM line for your business
  • Symmetrical upload & download speeds
  • Delivered over 6 copper pairs
  • 7 hour fault fix time
  • Pricing excludes vat

What Are The Ethernet First Mile Options?

Speeds

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

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.

Contract Length

1, 3 and 5 year options available. Free installation options are available on 3 and 5 year contracts. We can provide you with multiple package deals.

Resilience

Multi-pair delivery means the loss of a single pair doesn’t result in total loss of service. You will just notice slightly slower speeds.

Timescales

From the moment of order it usual takes around 25 to 45 working days to install and ethernet first mile circuit. There will be no excess charges either.

Pricing

Pricing for EFM is very low compared to leased lines. However, it is not available in all locations across the UK so please enquire about availability in your area.

SLA

In the unlikely event of a failure, we will provide email and telephone assistance. If required we also offer on-site assistance, around the clock, with a 7 hour fix aim.

Data Caps

As this is an uncontended line, there truly are no data caps at all. You can upload and download as much data as you wish without the fear of extra charges.

EFM Vs Other Products

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EFM Vs Bonded ADSL

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EFM Vs Leased Line

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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I Receive EFM?

    EFM availability is based on your location and proximity to an enabled exchange. The closer you are, the more speed you will get. Contact us for more details on availability.

  • How Many IP's Do I Get?

    As many as you want as long as you can justify your requirement but 1 comes as standard. RIPE justification may be required for a lot.

  • How Reliable Is It?

    EFM is extremely resilient. If you lose connectivity on one copper pair, the other pairs remain live. For example, on a 4 Pair service, you retain 75% bandwidth if connectivity is lost on one pair.

  • Contract Length?

    This product is available on 1,3 or 5 year terms but as always, you will get the best pricing including a free install on the longer terms. Please ask for more details.

  • What's The Delivery Time?

    EFM is a service that needs to be provisioned on the local telecoms network. Standard delivery time is 20-65 working days, subject to location.

  • What Are The Key Benefits?

    With dedicated symmetrical bandwidth, an uncontended 1:1 service, 99.99% uptime, 7 hour SLA along with it being a fully managed service with 24/7 support 365 days a year, Top that off with very cheap pricing, what’s not to like?

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Our Price Promise Guarantee!

Not only do we work with every single top tier provider in the UK, We also offer a price promise guarantee on all our quotes for all our products. If you find a cheaper quote elsewhere, simply let us know.

If it’s a “like for like” proposal, not only do we price match but we will beat it for you! Simply ask for more details or click here.You now get all the benefits of being on the best networks in the UK at a fraction of the costs compared to going direct!

Great pricing? It’s just the beginning!

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We are a very unique company in our own right offering what the other companies simply cannot. As you can see on the image, these are just a few of the reasons we are different.

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Price Promise

The only company of our type in the UK to offer this. Please grab a free quote from the top of this page!

Bespoke Solutions

We offer completely free, impartial advice and can tailor a solution to whatever you require however complex it may be.

Support

Our support really is non stop. From the first point of contact right the way through your whole journey, we will be with you every step of the way.

Increased Bandwidth

As long as you have the correct bearer in place, you can upgrade your speeds mid-term if you wish to a higher amount future proofing the business.

Us!

We pride ourselves on being different and breaking the mould. We are nothing without our customers who mean everything to us.

What Makes Us Stand Out From The Crowd?

We are a very unique company in our own right offering what the other companies simply cannot. As you can see below, these are just a few of the reasons we are different.

Great Pricing? It’s just the beginning!

  • Price Promise

    The only company of our type in the UK to offer this. Please grab a free quote from the top of this page!

  • Bespoke Solutions

    We offer completely free, impartial advice and can tailor a solution to whatever you require however complex it may be.

  • Support

    Our support really is non stop. From the first point of contact right the way through your whole journey, we will be with you every step of the way.

  • Increased Bandwidth

    As long as you have the correct bearer in place, you can upgrade your speeds mid-term if you wish to a higher amount future proofing the business.

  • Us!

    We pride ourselves on being different and breaking the mould. We are nothing without our customers who mean everything to us.

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