The Broadband Infrastructure

We are in an era of new, emerging networks that we loosely term next-generation networks. Data traffic in these networks is equal to or surpassing voice as the most mission-critical aspect of the network. Remember that when all the traffic is ones and zeros, everything is data, and voice is just another data application. Integration of voice, data, and video without protocol conflicts will greatly simplify the migration of legacy communication systems and network applications to next-generation transport technologies. The huge growth in e-business, extranets, and intranets will also require a convergent infrastructure that offers minimum latencies to ensure the responsiveness that customers need.

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