Circuit versus Packet Switching

  • Myron J. Ross
Part of the Applications of Communications Theory book series (ACTH)


In addition to voice, other types of communications network services are becoming increasingly more important. These are narrowband data traffic types and include interactive data, facsimile, slow scan image, and bulk data. Typically, these services are delivered by separate networks using various kinds of switching technology, e.g., packet, circuit, or message switching. If we could handle all voice and data in a single network, with a unified switching and transmission approach, then it might be possible to reduce costs, since separate resources for each network, such as switching and transmission facilities, would not be required. This is the foundation for the Integrated Services Digital Network discussed in Chapter 10 of this volume.


Data Traffic Forward Error Correction Packet Switching Message Length Bulk Data 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Myron J. Ross
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  1. 1.GTE Products CorporationSylvania Systems GroupNeedham HeightsUSA

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