Occupying that Connectivity middle ground: Ethernet First Mile (EFM) versus Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC)
Neil Hutchinson |
Business Development Director |
Everything Voice Ltd
On the surface, Ethernet First Mile (EFM) and Fibre to the Cabinet (FTTC) can appear to be similar in many ways, but with altogether different costs.
Ethernet First Mile is delivered from the roadside cabinet on Copper as is Fibre to the Cabinet and similarly the cost of backhaul bandwidth, which the cost of getting a certain amount of data onto the carriers network backbone, is much the same for both services.
So with seemingly similar offerings in terms of circuit speeds, why spend the extra on the more expensive EFM service?
The big differences lay in the Service Level Agreements and in how much guaranteed bandwidth you actually get as opposed to simply the published speeds. Firstly, the service level agreement governing EFM is much more extensive, covering service availability and service restoration when you need it (although it is very rare to see dropped connections on EFM, it can happen and there are guaranteed fix times with penalties to be paid by the service provider if they don’t adhere). There are no such agreements in place for the Broadband FTTC service. Finally the bandwidth you get with EFM is yours, 100%. it isn’t shared with anyone else (unlike FTTC which is shared or contended bandwidth). This makes EFM much more reliable and available for business critical services such as access to Cloud Services, SIP trunking or VOIP.
Over time the distinction between both services will start to blur and this is being accelerated by the availability of FTTC Generic Ethernet Access which adds the reliability, guaranteed bandwidth and Service Level Agreements and we have started to see the service providers reacting with lower than ever costs on Ethernet First Mile. Unfortunately FTTC Generic Ethernet Access is not widely available in the UK although this is continually improving and you will have to be in a connected area to get it.
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