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Metropolitan network News

  • April 01, 2015 01 Apr'15

    News recap: Verizon plans 100G optical metro network

    In telecom news, Verizon announced plans to build a 100 Gbps optical metro network with equipment from Cisco and Ciena, while the FCC proposed a spectrum-sharing plan for broadband providers.

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  • Metro Ethernet

    Metro Ethernet is the use of Carrier Ethernet technology in metropolitan area networks (MANs)... (Continued) Continue Reading

  • MAE

    A MAE (pronounced MAY), originally an abbreviation for Metropolitan Area Exchange and now a service mark of MCI WorldCom, is a major center in the United States for interconnecting traffic between Internet service providers (ISPs). Continue Reading

  • metropolitan area network (MAN)

    A metropolitan area network (MAN) is a network that interconnects users with computer resources in a geographic area or region larger than that covered by even a large local area network (LAN) but smaller than the area covered by a wide area network (WAN). Continue Reading

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  • IP over dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM): Metro and core issues

    Providers pressured to increase network throughput while reducing costs can look to IP over DWDM in some metro network situations, such as saving money on residential Internet backhaul. IP expert Ivan Pepelnjak also walks you through the complexities of making optical interfaces work in the core and the continuing need for end-to-end management systems. Continue Reading

  • VoIP service selection: MPLS, VPLS or Metro Ethernet?

    Creating secure, reliable VoIP connections over a multi-site enterprise network requires knowledge of your specific infrastructure. Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) and Metropolitan Ethernet (Metro Ethernet) all deliver connectivity with QoS, but determining which one will best serve your VoIP network requires a solid understanding of the features each provides. Continue Reading

  • What makes a WAN different from a LAN and MAN?

    Learn the basics of networking in this expert explanation of the differences between WANs, LANs and MANs -- how they connect and which protocols they use. Continue Reading