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What is the definition of a Next-Generation Network, or NGN? May 28, 2009

Posted by HubTechInsider in Telecommunications.
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The term next-generation network is a term that has become more and more prevalent in telecommunications-industry publications and in the general technology and news media. The term actually has a very specific meaning in the telecom industry that I would like to clarify:

The rapidly declining cost of bandwidth, combined with the easy availability of powerful and cheap microprocessor technology, has brought to the fore the economies of scale that packet switching combined with statistical multiplexing afford, provided that a solution can be found to latency and packet loss.

In order to answer these challenges, next-generation networks have at their core two overriding concepts. First of all, a next-generation network supports QoS (Quality of Service) while being a fundamentally high-speed packet-based network which can carry and route a myriad of broadband services, including multimedia, video, data and voice.

Secondly, a next-generation network serves as a common application platform for services and applications that a customer base can access from anywhere across the network as well as outside it.


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