High Speed Networking
| Increasingly, communication depends on the inter-operation of separately owned networks, each serving different communities or geographic regions of the world. The realisation of high-speed communications requires that optimum levels of interworking will be achieved between newly installed high-technology networks, and the rather varied technology of existing networks that will remain in service for many years to come. |
A key theme in this area is to support effective interoperability at all levels of networking. This ranges from basic bearer and signalling compatibility, through the realisation of an open platform for service provision irrespective of differing network technologies, to the management and accounting procedures necessary to administer interconnected network.
Trials and experimentation will validate the technologies used, the acceptability of performance levels achieved, the new quality of service concepts and compliance with emerging standards and regulations. In practical terms, it is in this area of ACTS research where future aspirations and architectures have to meet and face up to present day realities and constraints, and where realistic evolutionary 'roadmaps' have to be identified.