Integrated Service Digital Network (ISDN)

  • Matthew F. Slana
Part of the Applications of Communications Theory book series (ACTH)


While the telephone network has progressed in the process of transmitting and switching information based on the digitization of voice, leading to the integrated digital network (IDN), the rapid advances in computer and data communication technologies have evolved and have generated their own need for network capability to meet data needs. This has led to the realization that the same digital techniques can be used for data or voice transmission and switching. With ever-increasing demand for efficient interconnection of voice and data customers, the differences between voice and data switching and transmission have led to the study and development of integrated systems to transmit, switch, and process all types of digital signals. The final evolution of these systems is the integrated service digital network (ISDN). With the IDN having the inherent capability of handling both voice and data in digital form, the ISDN provides end-to-end digital connectivity, supporting a full range of services by means of standardized local access arrangements to a “transparent” transport medium.


Asynchronons Transfer Mode Telephone Network Digital Subscriber Line Pulse Code Modulation European Telecommunication Standard Institute 


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew F. Slana
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Power Systems GroupKohler CompanyKohlerUSA
  2. 2.AT&T-Computer Systems GroupNapervilleUSA

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