Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM)

Ethernet in the First Mile

What is EFM?

Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) is a new technology that can deliver a high speed business-grade internet connection of up to 20Mbs. Backed by a proven and robust network,

EFM from IDS offers a high capacity Ethernet service, which is ideal for your business if you’re concerned about the performance of your existing ADSL, SDSL or the cost of your ageing Leased Line services.

Faster connectivity that won’t let you down

Unlike traditional leased lines, which connect to the local exchange using fibre, EFM uses bundles of copper pairs meaning they’re faster to install and offer the benefits of lower costs and higher resilience. EFM speeds are also synchronous, so unlike a standard ADSL connection, you get the same speeds uploading data as you do downloading.

That makes EFM the perfect solution for VoIP, VPN and video, as there’s no loss of voice quality, buffering or other latency issues that businesses can sometimes experience with standard broadband.


We’ll deliver EFM over two or four copper pairs, giving you the choice of a more resilient option on the first mile. This assures business continuity in the unlikely event of a disaster – should one pair fail, service will continue on the other pair, ensuring that service is never lost. And you can rest assured that should there be no connectivity then we will have your service up and running in no time, with our 7-hour service level promise.

Cost Effective and Flexible

EFM will allow you to use as much available bandwidth without any extra charges. What’s more, we provide more capacity for less pairs, of higher quality, when compared to competitors. EFM is an ideal alternative if you require more bandwidth but not quite as much as Next Generation Ethernet (up to 1Gbps), so you only pay for what you need.

The Advantages of EFM and Fibre

  • High synchronous bandwidths and capacity
  • Scalable and stable
  • Future proof network
  • Huge cost saving against BT’s equivalent

Ethernet Data Sheets

Want to know more??

Contact us and speak to one of our business advisors for a free, no obligation quote for a flexible plan to suit your business.