transport network

GC: n

CT: This white paper provides a general introduction to telecommunications transport networks, which are the backbone of the modern telephone and Internet infrastructure. The paper examines them in the context of geographical classification, and functional layer classification. The paper includes a brief look at broadband access technologies, since current transport network capacity will only grow substantially if subscribers are able to access the network for higher bandwidth services. A thorough list of the standards bodies relevant to transport networks is also provided.

S: (last access: 3 March 2015)

N: 1. transport (n): mid-15c., originally “mental exaltation;” sense of “means of transportation, carriage, conveyance” is recorded from 1690s; from transport (v.).
network (n): “net-like arrangement of threads, wires, etc.,” 1550s, from net (n.) + work (n.). Extended sense of “any complex, interlocking system” is from 1839 (originally in reference to transport by rivers, canals, and railways). Meaning “broadcasting system of multiple transmitters” is from 1914; sense of “interconnected group of people” is from 1947.
2. The transport network is the set of communication resources that enable information transfer between the communicating entities. The processing system is the set of computing resources and programs that control and manage the transport network on the one hand, and that implement the communication software on the other hand (SKL94).

S: 1. OED –; (last access: 3 March 2015). 2. (last access: 3 March 2015).

SYN: feeder system, feeder line system, feeder network.


CR: computer science, intelligent system.