virtual point of presence


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virtual point of presence

(virtual PoP) A point, via which users can connect to an Internet access provider, which is not operated by the provider. The user is charged by the telephone company for the call to the virtual point of presence which relays his call via some third party circuit to the Internet provider's central location. This is in contrast to a physical point of presence (PoP) which is operated by the Internet provider themselves. The advantage of a virtual PoP is that the provider can keep all their modems in one location, thus improving availability and maintenance, but users do not have to pay long-distance call charges to that point.
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This suite, known as Virtual Point of Presence (VPOP), allows ISPs to cost-effectively extend their market reach.
The co-location services include residence on a network with complete access and routes to all peers, 24 x 7 service and monitoring, usage based bandwidth services with bandwidth reporting, equipment and service pricing advantage and a virtual point of presence (POP) to enable a service provider to run its equipment in Exodus' IDCs.
Compared with eight other access concentrators tested, Mier Communications also found Tigris to be the most scalable, because of its 12 T1 capacity, reusable modem cards, DSP resources that are assigned "on the fly" to support various call types and class-of- service attributes, and Virtual Port Service manager (VPSM), a software-based management tool that allows resources across multiple Tigris units to be managed as one virtual point of presence (POP).

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