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A regional NHS trust is looking to save £100,000 per year through the use of an Ethernet in the First Mile (EFM) broadband connection, it has been reported.

According to ComputerWorld UK, North Staffordshire NHS Trust plans to connect 112 healthcare sites using EFM technology, helping to improve online services.

Richard McCue, Network and Systems Manager at the trust, described EFM as "the next step up from broadband".

He claimed the connection would prove to be a cheaper way of accessing 10Mb broadband speeds, and would achieve a return on investment within two years.

Mr McCue stated: "Our new Community of Interest Network will provide a range of networking technologies that were simply not available under our previous contract.

"Making greater use of EFM enables us to reduce networking costs annually, provision new sites significantly more quickly, and because EFM uses a 'bundle of circuits', we have greater network failover."

He explained that if an EFM service goes down, the trust will experience network degradation but not a complete internet outage.

Earlier this week, internet service provider Vispa launched a new EFM service with the provide business users with symmetric speeds of up to 20Mb.

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