2. Next-Generation Triple-Play Services

The IP networking world is buzzing with vendors releasing triple-play and multi-play ready products and platforms, service providers unleashing multi-media network extravaganzas on anticipating markets, and media pundits electrifying the buzz. In the beginning, triple-play referred to voice, video, and data services being delivered over an IP network. Multi-play extends this concept to refer to data services consisting of more than a single traffic type. These are premium data services. A gaming service, a high-speed download area, and a walled-garden network are examples of data services that can be treated differently to an Internet connection.

As explained in Chapter 1, “A History of Broadband Networks,” ...

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