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Voice/Data Networks

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Note: Many topics at this site are reduced versions of the text in "The Encyclopedia of Networking and Telecommunications." Search results will not be as extensive as a search of the book's CD-ROM.

Voice and data networking is about the trends and technologies for merging voice and data communication on a single network. It is part of a broader "multiservice networking" concept that combines all types of communication onto a single network. Practically speaking, the single network is a packet-based IP intranet, the Internet, or special service provider networks that provide Internet-like services. Some other methods for combining voice and data are mentioned here, but the general trend is toward IP-based voice and data networking.

This topic continues in "The Encyclopedia of Networking and Telecommunications" with a discussion of the following:

  • Goals and benefits of integrating voice and data networks
  • Voice and data models
  • PBX (Private Branch Exchange) and Integrated Access Devices
  • Voice over ATM (VoATM)
  • Voice over Frame Relay (VoFR)
  • Voice over DSL (Digital Subscriber Line)
  • Voice over Cable

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