access network

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access network

A network that connects directly to the end user or customer. Access networks connect to the "backbone," which is a network made up of high-speed lines between major switching points. The switching points could be buildings on a campus or cities in a country.


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The combination of MetaSwitch and Occam Networks technologies allows carriers to converge their access networks without intermediate IP/TDM gateways, resulting in substantial reduction in capital and operating expenses while ensuring smooth, secure VoIP delivery with carrier class-quality of service.
This new capability in access networks substantially reduces carrier costs by replacing high-power, multi-chassis, digital cross-connects in the network core with flexible, low-cost service card solutions in access networks.