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Network Consultants Handbook by Matthew J. Castelli

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Chapter 18. ATM Wide-Area Networking (WAN) and MPOA

Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) is the most widely implemented backbone technology, especially in the network service provider market. ATM is a standards-based transport medium and is widely used within the core and the access edge to enable data, video, and voice communication at high [broadband] speeds. Although ATM wide-area networks (WANs) are generally found in service provider backbones, with the rise in converged voice and data broadband applications, ATM is making its way into the large enterprise space.

Several standards bodies have been involved with the development of broadband-ISDN (B-ISDN) and ATM. The Telecommunications Standardization Sector of the International Telecommunications ...

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