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

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Gigabit Ethernet—Ethernet Over Fiber in Metropolitan Areas

Gigabit Ethernet is a high-speed method for Internet access and data communications. It currently operates at one-megabit per second to one gigabit per second, but manufacturers are developing 10-gigabit products. They use the Ethernet LAN standard, the most prevalent LAN protocol.

Customers use the Gigabit Ethernet for:

  • Data links between corporate, hospital and university locations within the same city or metropolitan area

  • Connections between Web hosting centers and the hosting centers' customers

  • Data connections between corporate sites in different cities

  • Internet access (not all Gigabit Ethernet suppliers sell Internet access)

  • Links from corporate customers to Application Service Providers ...

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