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Essential Guide to Telecommunications, The, Third Edition by Annabel Z. Dodd

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Frame Relay—A Shared Wide Area Network Service

Frame Relay is a network access method offered by local and long distance telephone companies. First implemented in 1992, Frame Relay is a public network offering that enables customers to transmit data between LANs in multiple locations (see Figure 6.9). It also is used to access the Internet. By using Frame Relay, organizations do not have to plan, build and maintain their own duplicate paths to each of their sites. Multiple users share the Frame Relay networks.

Figure 6.9. A local area network connection to Frame Relay.

While Frame Relay has potential congestion problems, it has the following advantages: ...

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