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Pondering the Access Network

Shea, DP; Mitchell, JE; Davey, RP; (2002) Pondering the Access Network. In: London Communications Symposium: University College London, 9th-10th September 2002: the annual London conference on communications. (pp. 125 - 128). Communications Engineering Doctorate Centre, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London: London, UK.

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Abstract

The access network is the connection between the telephone in your home and the local exchange. It is the first step of a customer’s connection to the rest of the national telephone network. Traditionally this connection is a twisted pair of copper wires, which is adequate for telephone calls, but the wide scale introduction of the Internet is placing higher bandwidth demands on the entire network. The optical core network has a near unlimited bandwidth, and PCs are now running at gigabit speeds highlighting the ‘bottle neck’ caused by standard 56kbit/s or at most 512kbit/s connections over the copper lines in the current access network.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Pondering the Access Network
ISBN:0953886328
Publisher version:http://www.ee.ucl.ac.uk/lcs/previous/LCS2002/lcs2002.html
Keywords:communication
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Engineering Science Faculty Office

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