What Is An Ethernet First Mile Internet Connection?
Ethernet First Mile (EFM or Ethernet Internet) is a low cost leased line technology with huge cost savings over traditional fibre leased lines, bringing mission critical connectivity within the reach of small business. EFM provides symmetrical bandwidth at speeds of upto 20 Mbps with no contention. “Symmetrical” means the upstream and downstream speeds are the same, and uncontended means the bandwidth is not shared, so does not slow down, and remains consistent.
EFM is suitable for providing reliable VPN and VoIP services, replacing traditional leased lines or SDSL technology, and is a must for any small business using cloud based applications or services.
EFM is available to over 80% of business in the UK.
EFM can typically be installed in 45 days, which is around half the time for a fibre leased line installation.
EFM achieves its reliability by consolidating a number of copper pairs into a single resilient connection. If one of the pairs fail, the connection will continue to operate, but at a lower speed, making it fault tolerant.
EFM is presented at the premises as an Ethernet connection, so can be plugged into the WAN port of the customers Firewall or Router with a standard Ethernet cable.
EFM is also known as Ethernet Broadband and Ethernet Internet.
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