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WAN (Wide Area Network)
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SONET (Synchronous Optical Network)

T Carriers


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Telecommunications and Telephone Systems

Telecommunications Regulation


Virtual Circuit

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VPN (Virtual Private Network)

Wireless Broadband Access Technologies

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Web Links
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Marconi WAN theory tutorial

Intel paper: "Wide Area Networking, a User's Guide"

3Com Technology Center (a variety of papers related to WANs)

Lucent Internetworking Systems Resource Library (very extensive set of white papers including papers on voice, VPNs, regulation)

Business Communications Review Networking Topics (an extensive list of excellent articles)

ADC Kentrox (see Library)

Cisco Internetworking Technology overview documents

Cisco Internetworking Design Guides

Cisco Internetworking Solutions Guides

Cisco Internetwork Troubleshooting Guides

Novell LAN/WAN Interconnectivity white papers

Mark McCutcheon's Links (very extensive)

Links at ITPRC

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