Why Mid-band Ethernet?

Our Mid-Band Ethernet or Ethernet Over Copper uses a super-fast Ethernet link, available here and now – delivered over the existing copper infrastructure used by your current fixed voice phone. Multiple copper pairs can be bonded together into a single Ethernet link.

This enables equal (symmetric) upload and download speeds – providing significantly greater speed and flexibility than traditional ADSL connections, but without the build costs of fibre. Yet this powerful, fast service is available today, without waiting for the NBN (National Broadband Network).

Our upstream provider was the first telecommunications company in Australia to utilise Mid-Band Ethernet to deliver Ethernet to business customers using the existing copper network.


If your business has 10 or more employees it could greatly benefit from Mid-Band Ethernet.

1. Reliability and affordability

Availability, simplicity, and consistency have established Ethernet and IP as the communications technologies of choice across most enterprises and small businesses today.

Ethernet protocols, physical interfaces and supporting technologies have been standardised, commercialised, and adopted to such a degree that they now provide one of the most cost effective communications media on the market.

Using widely available, inexpensive interface and switching/firewall equipment, as well as high levels of support knowledge, means reduced or no training costs.

Mid-Band Ethernet or Ethernet over Copper addresses the critical speed needed by many businesses today – between 2 and 40 Mbps* – and is more reliable than traditional services such as ADSL since it aggregates multiple copper lines into a single Ethernet interface. If there is a problem on one line, the other lines will remain operational and continue to deliver at a slightly reduced speed.

2. Faster uploads are critical for many businesses today

While the fast downloads of ADSL are fine for surfing the web and downloading music or games, most businesses today are producers, not just consumers of data. Whether to support your mail-server, web-servers, virtual private network, business voice, point-to-point or point-to-multipoint connections or other services, high-speed uploads are critical for business efficiency.

Mid-Band Ethernet is a symmetric technology, providing equal bandwidth for uploads and downloads, and as such, is far more suited to today’s business environment.

3. Flexible range of symmetric speeds and great coverage

Mid-Band Ethernet or Ethernet over Copper can offer a variety of flexible bandwidths, from 2 to 40Mbps* for both download and upload speed and is available for businesses located in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra and Perth, as well as many regional centres.

4. Provides a multi-service capability

Mid-band Ethernet or Ethernet over Copper can support multiple services using the same physical infrastructure, reducing the cost for delivering a number of services on one access. Sharing access can make high-speed communications very cost effective, delivering a variety of managed business services, including voice, video and data.

Services that can be delivered on Mid-Band Ethernet or Ethernet over Copper, as standalone or combinations of services include:

Business Grade Internet- High-performance, business-grade, dedicated connection to the Internet. This allows customers to have access to the Internet based on TCP/IP protocol via our business grade network. Uploads are not charged.
IPVPN – provides an integrated Virtual Private Network (VPN) service, capable of supporting converged voice, video and data applications, connecting multiple sites into a robust private network
5. Ideal for today’s cloud-based services

Business are increasingly using cloud-based services such as Google Mail, Salesforce.com etc – where a secure high-speed connection providing symmetric speeds for both upload and download is critical. Mid-Band Ethernet or Ethernet over Copper provides the ideal access for many of these cloud-based services.

*Available speed range is affected by the length and quality of the copper wire from the exchange to the customer site, electrical interference from outside sources and the existence of copper wiring at the customer site. Actual speed experienced is affected by the logical speed of the Ethernet link, network capacity, network utilisation, customer hardware and software and websites the customer is visiting.