The Future

  • P. Cochrane
Part of the BT Telecommunications Series book series (BTTS, volume 7)


Most telecommunications networks are still designed as if the constraints of the copper and radio past were still with us — compress the signal, save bandwidth, minimize hold times, continue with the old protocols and switching architectures (although they are now the new bottle-necks), use the established design rules despite technology changes! The apportionment of operational and economic risks also seems vested in the past and demands realignment. The wholesale reduction in the hardware content of networks relative to the massive expansion of software is a prime example, as is the interface on most telephonic services which is dictated by a base technology that is now over 100 years old.


Telecommunication Network Asynchronous Transfer Mode Switching Node Fault Report Switching Architecture 
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