A Telecommunications Network is an electronic system of links and switches, and the controls that govern their operation, that allows for data transfer and exchange among multiple users. When several users of telecommunications media wish to communicate with one another, they must be organized into some form of network.

Examples of telecommunications networks are:

  • Computer Networks. A computer network, or simply a network, is a collection of computers and other hardware interconnected by communication channels that allow sharing of resources and information.Where at least one process in one device is able to send/receive data to/from at least one process residing in a remote device, then the two devices are said to be in a network. A network is a group of devices connected to each other.
  • The Internet. The Internet is a global system of interconnected  computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite (often called TCP/IP, although not all applications use TCP) to serve billions of users worldwide. It is a network of networks that consists of millions of private, public, academic, business, and government networks, of local to global scope, that are linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless and optical networking technologies.
  • The Telephone Network. There are a number of different types of telephone network:
    • A fixed line network where the telephones must be directly wired into a single telephone exchange. This is known as the public switched telephone network or PSTN.
    • A wireless network where the telephones are mobile and can move around anywhere within the coverage area.
    • A private network where a closed group of telephones are connected primarily to each other and use a gateway to reach the outside world. This is usually used inside companies and call centers and is called a private branch exchange (PBX).
  • The Global Telex Network. Telex is still in operation, but has been mostly superseded by fax, email, and the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Transactions(SWIFT), although radiotelex, telex via HF radio, is still used in the maritime industry. SWIFT provides a network that enables financial institutions worldwide to send and receive information about financial transactions in a secure, standardized and reliable environment.
  • Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) network. ACARS is a digital datalink system for transmission of short, relatively simple messages between aircraft and ground stations via radio or satellite.

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