Ethernet point-of-presence (EPOP)

Ethernet point-of-presence (EPOP) is a technology developed by Level 3 Communications that provides widespread access to broadband networks. As a large network increases its bandwidth, it can include large and expanding groups of subscribers. This trend, largely the result of the deployment of fiber optic infrastructure, is expected to continue. Thus, wide-area networks (WANs) are taking on some of the characteristics previously unique to local area networks (LANs). The opposite is also true; LANs are becoming increasingly complex, resembling WANs in miniature.

Ethernet point-of-presence (EPOP) is a technology developed by Level 3 Communications that provides widespread access to broadband networks.

As a large network increases its bandwidth, it can include large and expanding groups of subscribers. This trend, largely the result of the deployment of fiber optic infrastructure, is expected to continue. Thus, wide-area networks (WANs) are taking on some of the characteristics previously unique to local area networks (LANs). The opposite is also true; LANs are becoming increasingly complex, resembling WANs in miniature.

Level 3 EPOP provides high-speed Internet access to non-Level 3 facilies spread over vast geographical distances. High-speed Ethernet (up to 100 Mbps) and gigabit Ethernet (up to 1 Gbps) are available.

This was first published in May 2006

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