Synchronous Optical NETwork definition networking
(SONET) A broadband
based on point-to-point optical fibre
networks. SONET will provide a high-bandwidth "pipe" to support ATM
The SONET standard will establish a digital hierarchical network with a consistent worldwide transport scheme. SONET has been designed to take advantage of fibre, in contrast to the plain old telephone system
which was designed for copper wires.
SONET carries circuit-switched data in frames
at speeds in multiples of 51.84 megabits per second (Mbps) up to 48 * 51.84 Mbps = 2.488 gigabits
per second. Since SONET uses multiple channels to transmit data, each SONET frame
can be considered to be a two-dimensional table of bytes that is 9 rows high and 90 columns deep. For every OC-n
level, SONET can transmit n number of frames at a given time. Groups of frames are called superframes.
SONET is the American version of SDH
[Wulf Losee; Corporate Computing 8.92; STACKS; LAN Magazine 10.93].