How do the attributes of ATM compare with existing technological alternatives? When is ATM best and when should an alternative be preferred? In this chapter we provide a lexicon of the various different technological means for interconnecting telecommunicating devices and compare their relative strengths against ATM. Included in our review is a comparison with leaselines and TDM networks, with X.25 packet switching, frame relay, LANs, SMDS (DQDB) and FDDI data networks, and with ISDN and intelligent telephone networks.
KeywordsVirtual Private Network Packet Switching Telephone Network Intelligent Network Call Setup
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