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NGN (Next Generation Network)

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This is another name for the "new public network" or NPN. NPN, while not yet a reality, is an evolution of the existing incumbent carrier telephony networks to a single converged network. The old circuit-switched model gives way to a packet-oriented multiservice (voice, video, data) network that supports QoS (quality of service) and unique hybrid services such as Internet call waiting. See "NPN (New Public Network)."

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