Ethernet (EFM)

Ethernet High Speed Internet Access – Ethernet circuits provide the UK’s best Internet access circuits – Ethernet is ideal for businesses who require guaranteed throughput bandwidth with SLAs that support voice, video and mission critical data applications.

Using Ethernet circuits for your Internet access provides a dedicated high speed, uncontended, full duplex symmetrical bandwidth solution that has lower overhead, greater throughput and higher reliability than all types of broadband (ADSL/SDSL) services.

Using either fibre or copper access technology, Ethernet provides flexible bandwidth options from 2Mb right up to 1Gb.

Ethernet Internet Circuit Key Features:

  • The fastest and best quality Internet connectivity available in the UK
  • Available using Copper or Fibre access circuits
  • Ideal for combined voice and data connectivity
  • Bandwidths from 2Mb – 1Gb
  • Uncontended bandwidth
  • No DSL Overheads = maximum throughput
  • Guaranteed bandwidth (unlike ADSL or SDSL)
  • Guaranteed performance with SLA
  • Highly reliable & resilient connections
  • Available as direct Internet or site to site connectivity
  • Ethernet provides a cost effective high speed data interface with complete UK wide coverage
  • MPLS and Hosted Firewall functionality

What is Ethernet (EFM)?

EFM stands for Ethernet in the First Mile and is a technology for delivering a high speed (up to 20Mbps), reliable internet connection to your business. Unlike a traditional leased line which uses Fibre to connect you to your local exchange EFM uses bundles of copper pairs which means lower costs, high resilience with a faster installation time. Speeds are also symmetrical, so unlike a broadband connection you get the same speeds uploading data as you do downloading.

Lower costs: save up to 65% v a traditional leased line
Because EFM uses copper lines that are already in place there is no need for expensive digs to install new lines, making it cheaper to install with lower monthly rental charges. If you want speeds of up to 10Mbps EFM could save you up to 65% of the cost of a traditional leased line. 60% of UK business are located in an EFM area. To find out if you can get EFM in your area

Because EFM uses multiple bundles of copper pairs the solution has a high level of reliance. Should one of the copper pairs ever temporarily fail your connection will be shared over the remaining copper pairs keeping your business connected to the internet.

VOIP, VPN and video can all be very sensitive to latency, leading to poor voice quality, buffering and other issues over a traditional broadband connection.

EFM can offer higher speeds, with a high upstream and downstream connection speeds which offers a perfect solution for businesses that want to make the most of this money saving technology.