Internet backbone definition communications, networking
High-speed networks that carry Internet
These communications networks
are provided by companies such as AT&T
, GTE, IBM
, Netcom, Sprint
, UUNET and consist of high-speed links in the T1
, OC1 and OC3 ranges. The backbones
traffic around the world and meet at Network Access Points (NAPs).
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) connect either directly to a backbone, or they connect to a larger ISP with a connection to a backbone.
of the "backbone" and its interconnections may once have resembled a spine with ribs connected along its length but is now almost certainly more like a fishing net wrapped around the world with many circular paths.