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CPE (Customer Premises Equipment)

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CPE is the telecommunications equipment owned by an organization and located on its premises. CPE equipment includes PBXs (private branch exchanges), telephones, key systems, facsimile products, modems, voice-processing equipment, and video communication equipment.

Previous to 1996, carriers were not allowed to be involved in the manufacturing, marketing, and sales of this equipment, but to promote competition, Congress opened up the telecommunications markets. Now companies like AT&T can provide one-source solutions for wide area networks by providing customers with on-site equipment and long-distance services.

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