Telecom Routing and Switching Definitions

  • B

    BGP (Border Gateway Protocol)

    BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) is a protocol that manages how packets are routed across the internet through the exchange of routing and reachability information between edge routers.

  • C

    CDMA (Code-Division Multiple Access)

    CDMA (Code-Division Multiple Access) refers to any of several protocols used in second-generation (2G) and third-generation (3G) wireless communications.

  • P

    peering

    Peering is the arrangement of traffic exchange between Internet service providers (ISPs).

  • plain old telephone service (POTS)

    POTS is a term sometimes used in discussion of new telephone technologies in which the question of whether and how existing voice transmission for ordinary phone communication can be accommodated.

  • point-of-presence (POP)

    On the Internet, a point-of-presence (POP) is an access point from one place to the rest of the Internet.

  • S

    switch

    In a telecommunications network, a switch is a device that channels incoming data from any of multiple input ports to the specific output port that will take the data toward its intended destination.

  • T

    T-carrier system

    To see the relationship between T-carrier, E-carrier, and DS0 multiples, see digital signal X. The T-carrier system, introduced by the Bell System in the U.S. in the 1960s, was the first successful system that supported digitized voice transmission.

  • telecommunications (telecom)

    Telecommunications is the transmission of data, voice and video over significant distances by electronic means that use a wide variety of networks and media.

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