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EFM (Ethernet First Mile)

We guarantee the speed of our EFM

Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) provides fast, reliable Internet connectivity for businesses that have outgrown ADSL but find fibre leased lines too expensive or time consuming to install.

What is EFM?

EFM delivers a similar service to a leased line, in that it has no contention and offers a fixed speed connection in both directions. The connection is delivered to the customer as a simple Ethernet (RJ45) port.

Instead of running over more expensive fibre optic connections, EFM is delivered over multiple pairs of copper cabling from the exchange. So the cost just depends on the number of pairs required.

EFM Options

6 and 8 pair EFM options are also available – delivered using BT Wholesale circuits – with limited availability.

  2-pair 4-pair
Guaranteed speed 2-6 Mbps 3-12 Mbps
Likely Speed 2-10Mbs 3-20Mbs
Download Limit None None
Static IPs 8 8
Contract 12 or 36 months 12 or 36 months

Speed Promise

Like ADSL, the speed an EFM circuit will run at will depend on your distance from the exchange. However, with EFM we can guarantee the minimum speed you will receive. In our trials, we found that most customers receive a faster speed service than we can guarantee.

EFM is also a symmetrical service – meaning the upload and download speed are the same. This is great if you are making Internet Telephony calls, using video, or sending / uploading large files to the Internet

Distance from local exchange EFM 2 Pair EFM 4 Pair
0 - 100m 10Mb 20Mb
200m - 500m 8Mb 16Mb
600m - 800m 7Mb 15Mb
900m - 1100m 7Mb 14Mb
1200m - 2100m 6Mb 14Mb
2200m - 2300m 6Mb 13Mb
2400m 6Mb 12Mb
2500m 5Mb 12Mb
2600m - 2700m 5Mb 11Mb
2800m - 2900m 4Mb 10Mb
3000m - 3100m 4Mb 9Mb
3200m 3Mb 8Mb
3300m - 8Mb
3400m - 7Mb
3500m - 3600m - 6Mb
3700m - 5Mb
3800m - 4Mb
3900m - 3Mb
4000m+ - -

Why choose hSo for EFM?

Fast installation

Fast installation

EFM is typically faster to install than fibre leased lines, as it uses existing copper wires. It often takes half the time.

Cost effective

Cost effective

The cost of copper EFM is often significantly less than a fibre leased line.

VoIP friendly

VoIP friendly

EFM can support VoIP calls, IP VPNs and hosted cloud services.

Upload friendly

Upload friendly

Unlike asymmetrical services, upload speeds match download speeds with EFM.

Versatile

Versatile

Use it for point-to-point, any-to-any connectivity, or a combination of the two.

Guaranteed speed

Guaranteed speed

hSo:wholesale can guarantee your minimum speed for EFM.

Get in touch

 020 7847 4550

 wholesale@hso.co.uk

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