Communication Networks/Circuit Switching Networks
Old folks may very well remember the first incarnation of the telephone networks, where an operator sitting at a desk would physically connect different wires to transmit a phone call from one house to another house. The days however when an operator at a desk could handle all the volume and all the possibilities of the telephone network are over. Now, automated systems connect wires together to transmit calls from one side of the country to another almost instantly.
What is Circuit-Switching?
Circuit switching is a mechanism of assigning a predefined path from source node to destination node during the entire period of connection. Plain old telephone system (POTS) is a well known example of analogue circuit switching.
Strowger Switch is the first automatic switch used in circuit switching. Prior to that all switching was done manually by operators working at various exchanges. It is named after its inventor Almon Brown Strowger.
This is a telephone thing
Rotary vs Touch-Tone
Cellular Network Introduction
- We will go into more details of the telephone network in a later chapter, Communication Networks/Analog and Digital Telephony.