Ethernet you can rely on

Businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on online applications for their day-to-day operations, especially as they grow, which means they require ICT infrastructure that is flexible enough to handle the growth and not stifle productivity.

If being connected is critical to your business, Ethernet could be for you. Also know as Leased Lines or Dedicated Internet Access, the whole internet connection is yours and your alone.

Spectrum Ethernet provides outstanding value for money, compared with many alternatives and can boost productivity, provide a more secure and reliable connection, and lower overheads, which make it an ideal solution for businesses that want to perform better than their competition.

The latest generation of Spectrum Ethernet services provide everything you need for internet, inter-site or cloud connectivity.

Why Spectrum?

We offer a wide range of Ethernet solutions from across the marketplace, meaning you deal with only one company and receive one monthly bill. 

Our flexible approach gives you access to different solutions from a host of market-leading providers, meaning you can combine different connections as part of a single service to boost resilience or services can be specifically engineered to support converged services such as voice and video over the same circuit. 

We provide year-round 24/7 network monitoring and traffic management to give you the peace of mind of knowing that if your connection does go down, our expert team of engineers will resolve it quickly and seamlessly.

Customer satisfaction is our highest priority. We’ll take the time to build a partnership and gain a true understanding of your business, so we can deliver a bespoke Ethernet solution tailored to your exact needs.

Reasons to move to Ethernet

Moving to SaaS

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Outgrowing Infrastructure

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Latency & QOS

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Contract Renewal & Upgrade

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 Mergers & Acquisitions

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Supplier & Support Performance

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Converged Network

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 Consolidation of Service

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What's the difference between Broadband & Ethernet?

Broadband

Contended
At peak times your connection will slow down because you share it with other users.

Low-level service level agreements (SLA)
It will only get fixed as and when an Openreach engineer can get to it.

Lower upload speeds than download
Ok for browsing and downloading, but not good for VoIP, cloud backup or SaaS.

Ethernet

Uncontended
You don't have to worry about degradation, as your speed is guaranteed.

Stringent service level agreements (SLA)
If anything goes wrong, you’ll be back up within seven hours, or you can claim compensation for your downtime.

Symmetrical connections
You get the same guaranteed upload and download speeds, great for VoIP and uploading or sharing data.

Connectivity Options

General Ethernet Access & Ethernet over Fibre

GEA, sometimes know as Ethernet over Fibre to the Cabinet (EoFTTC), uses the same last mile infrastructure between your business premises and the street cabinet, then a fibre connection from the street cabinet back to the exchange, which is similar to Broadband ADSL or FTTC.

 So, what's the difference between GEA or EoFTTC and FTTC?

GEA is an Ethernet connection and FTTC is a Broadband connection.

Is it easy to upgrade to GEA? - YES

If you're already using FTTC most of the physical infrastructure already exists, and you can be sure GEA is available.

If you haven’t got fibre broadband (FTTC) contact us to find out if you can get it because it’s only available in fibre-enabled areas.

How much does GEA cost?

It costs more than Broadband but the return on investment from improved reliability and performance is well worth any increase.

Of all the Ethernet business internet connections, GEA has the quickest install time; between 15 and 30 days.

Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM)

EFM is a type of Ethernet product in which the connection is provided over fibre from the exchange to the provider-owned node (the street cabinet or the pole). The rest of the connection is formed from pairs of copper cables, which are joined together so that more information can be carried at once.

Uniquely for a copper-based service, a guaranteed minimum speed is agreed prior to order. This eliminates the unknown speed common with copper based services.

How it works

By bonding together multiple copper pairs the service can use existing infrastructure to deliver high download speeds, and importantly for business, very high upload capability.

EFMs unmetered symmetrical nature is great for companies using SIP, Voice over IP, Video conferencing or for businesses who need to upload large quantities of information such as data back-ups to the cloud or a central location and for hosting websites and servers.

EFM does a similar job to SDSL, but with higher speeds available.

What are the benefits of EFM?

  • Can support more users than ADSL without a noticeable drop in speed.
  • No usage limits.
  • Can be provided as a fully managed service and as part of a MPLS solution if required.
  • Symmetrical, meaning equal speeds for uploading and downloading.
  • Wayleave is normally not required as the final leg is delivered over copper cabling, making installation less of a hassle.

 

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What if something goes wrong?

Spectrum’s EFM has a guaranteed 7 HOUR fix in the case of total service failure, rather than potentially waiting for days for standard ADSL products.

What types are available?

Spectrum can provide WFM in two types: Dual or Quad. This refers to the number of copper pairs involved in the installation.

The type we order for your business would depend on a combination of desired bandwidth and the distance of your premises from the main exchange.

Ethernet Access Direct (EAD)

EAD is a true fibre end-to-end product, provided over fibre between your premises and the exchange. EAD lines are completely uncontended, so you will never suffer from slower connections at peak times. In addition, they are symmetrical, so your business will experience super-fast upload speeds as well as quick downloading.

Our EAD solutions are created with reliability and durability at the core, which is why they can support companies as their needs evolve.

EAD services are available across the country meaning fast symmetrical services have never been more attainable.

It provides sub-millisecond response rates, guaranteed contention and scalable speeds up to 10 Gb/s.

Each solution carries options for an extensive Service Level Agreement (SLA) with full management and monitoring. Additional options for full backup services are available too.

Key Features

  • High-speed - Behaves just like your internal network
  • 24/7 technical customer support - An engineer is available, all day, every day
  • Suitable for large-scale WANs - Scale your network as you grow
  • Up to 10 Gb/s downstream - Increase productivity with more bandwidth
  • Up to 10 Gb/s upstream - Send more data out of your network
  • 1:1 guaranteed contention - Don’t let busy traffic times slow you down
  • 99.9% service level agreement - Because we are confident in our products
  • Public static IP addresses - To help connect to the Internet

What are the benefits of Leased Lines?

  • Highly-reliable, scalable, flexible, secure and fast data connectivity
  • Dedicated, secure, uncontended business-class connections for all your voice and data traffic
  • Ideal for organisations wishing to converge voice and data on a single connection
  • Helps reduce the cost of private networking while improving the quality of service and support
  • A single, accountable supplier
  • Robust, end-to-end SLAs that include 24/7 UKbased support

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We can offer Ethernet connections from a multitude of different providers to enhance your resilience & provide a technical and cost advantage.

Get in touch to find out about costs and availability in your area.

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