Ethernet connections provide outstanding upload and download speeds, plus a strong sense of reliability, but there are actually several ways such connections can be delivered to your office.
- Ethernet (end to end fibre)
- Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)
- Ethernet First Mile (EFM)
Each option comes with its own drawbacks and benefits, but here are just a few reasons why you might want to consider EFM.
EFM that is installed over copper is quicker to install than fibre alternatives – existing copper wires are used to run the connection, so speeds are still high. In general, an EFM can be fitted in around half the time it takes for fibre leased line installation to be completed, which is obviously going to be hugely beneficial for your business.
In some regions, copper based EFM leased lines are cheaper than fibre connections. Essentially, opting for EFM combines the high speeds and reliability of professional ethernet connections with the low cost of less professional connections.
When you choose a SDSL or ADSL solution, the bandwidth that links your local telephone exchange to your network is ‘contended’. This means that it is shared. If there isn’t enough for all users at any point during the day, you’ll be competing for your share from an insufficient pool of bandwidth. This isn’t an issue with EFM connections since the entire bandwidth is reserved just for you.
Symmetrical Upload and Download Speeds
When people talk about an internet connection being ‘symmetrical’, what they mean is that the upload speed is equivalent to the download speed. Because an EFM connection is symmetrical, it is suitable for combined voice and data services, which means you can save money on line rental and call charges. In fact, some EFM bundles are happy to provide internet calls for free.