EFM stands for Ethernet in the First Mile, it provides a reliable high speed Internet connection.
Traditionally businesses had the choice between a standard ADSL service and fibre-based Ethernet services. Whilst this has worked well for some businesses, there were still many that found it simply was not fast enough to meet their needs, whereas fibre-based Ethernet services are expensive.
EFM is in-between these two services. Many businesses are switching to EFM connectivity for a faster, assured connection of up to 20Mbps and is a cost effective way to advance to a high-capacity connection without committing to full fibre Ethernet.
What is the first mile?
The first mile is simply an industry term for the connection between your premises and the exchange.
EFM uses bundles of copper pairs (in the first mile of the circuit where bottle necks usually occur), to increase speed, resilience and reduce installation time.
What is the benefit of installing these extra lines?
There are many benefits to using multiple copper pairs. Firstly, the service is more reliable. If one of the copper wires failed, there are other lines to continue your Internet service, it will simply run slower until the faulty wire is fixed.
Secondly, copper is the most prevalent network access technology globally, reaching to residential and enterprise, public and remote locations that are not economical to otherwise connect to a broadband network.
You will increase the speed of your Internet connection, as you are using more wires and increasing the available bandwidth.
Speeds are also symmetrical, so you get the same speeds uploading as you do downloading, making the perfect solution for VPN, VoIP and video because there is no loss of voice quality or buffering issues that can be experienced with standard broadband.
Why consider EFM:
- It is lower cost alternative to legacy technologies
- An affordable leased line service for businesses needing reliable connectivity
- Uncontended with a guaranteed speed up to 20mbs, the same for both upload and download/ download large files more quickly and access bandwidth hungry services such as video streaming and cloud solutions.
- Built-in resilience for reliability
- Synchronous bandwidth
Talk to one of our team today on 0800 50 533 50 about switching your current service over to EFM today.