Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM)

Ethernet in the first mile (EFM) offers organisations uncontended bandwidth at an affordable price

Whether it’s simply for email use, or to access off-site business systems, connectivity has become a mission-critical service for almost every organisation. But with such dependence on connectivity, it’s important to get the right service for all your office locations.

Why EFM?

EFM bridges the connectivity gap between broadband and leased lines,offering an excellent combination of speed and resilience for the cost.

EFM has two key benefits over broadband: EFM is uncontended, meaning you are not vying for bandwidth with other users at peak times; EFM is also symmetrical, so you don’t have a high download speed but low upload speed – it’s equal in both directions.

These benefits would traditionally have only been available with a leased line, but for some the cost of a leased line can be prohibitive. EFM does it at a fraction of the cost and is also faster and cheaper to deploy than a leased line.

Key benefits


Up to 35Mb/s

Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) can provide bandwidth of up to 35Mb/s


Uncontended symmetrical bandwidth

No restriction on upload speeds - incoming and outgoing traffic get equal treatment.


Consistent speeds

Unlike broadband, EFM is uncontended with no difference between speeds at peak and off peak times.


Quick deployment

EFM utilises existing copper connections to your premises so is very quick to deploy and requires no digging.


Independent circuit

Each circuit operates independently so if one goes down, others will continue to perform.


24/7/365 support

Each EFM is backed up by Redcentric's 24/7 support and comes with a 6 hours fix SLA.

How does EFM work?

EFM uses national fibre optic networks to provide internet and MPLS services but differs in the final delivery method as there is no requirement to bring fibre optic cable into the end premises. The last mile is delivered using copper circuits from the nearest serving telephone exchange.

The service is terminated on an NTE device and presented as an Ethernet connection. The product comes in a two-pair or four-pair solution delivering up to 35Mb/s into Redcentric’s ISP or MPLS core network.

The maximum achievable bandwidth is dependent upon the distance of the premises from the exchange and typically the location needs to be within 3.2km (two miles).

Redcentric are currently offering new EFM pricing, with up to 50% reduction on recurring charges.*

* Terms and conditions apply, E&OE

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