carrier-class switch

carrier-class switch

Typically refers to highly reliable TDM-based circuit switches used by the telephone companies. See end office switch and tandem switch.
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CARRIER-CLASS SWITCH integrates all of the service functions required to deliver next-generation telephony services with full support for traditional PSTN, as well as IP telephony services, in a single device.
Tripwire's security and integrity solutions paired with Alcatel's unparalleled carrier-class switches offer customers maximum security and availability in their networks.
In MAN and WAN applications, 10 Gigabit Ethernet will enable Internet service providers (ISPs) and network service providers (NSPs) to create affordable, very high-speed links between co-located carrier-class switches, routers, servers and DWDM transport equipment.