Chapter 1. Introduction to Frame Relay

Frame Relay, a significant technical innovation developed in the 1980s that rapidly grew in the 1990s, has become an immensely popular WAN protocol today. Presently, public and private Frame Relay networks are deployed in almost every corner of the networked world. Almost every major service provider now offers Frame Relay as an efficient and cost-effective alternative to the traditional expensive leased-line circuits.

Frame Relay is an efficient and yet relatively simple protocol. Through the years, Cisco Systems and other vendors developed numerous features to complement Frame Relay. Many of these advancements are RFC standards and Frame Relay Implementation Agreements accredited by the Frame Relay Forum. ...

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