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What Businesses Need to Know About Core Networks

Core networks get their name because they are just that: networks that are core, vital, and necessary. The term ‘core’ in telecommunications indicates high-capacity communication facilities. Core networks are essential to your business, keeping you connected to clients and colleagues. But what are core networks, and how do they keep us connected?

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This blog explores what core networks are, who uses them, and why they’re important. For further information, contact our team at Blackbox UC today.

What is a Core Network?

A core network, also called a backbone network, offers services to customers and directs telephone calls. It is essentially the infrastructure that connects the different parts of your computer system. They connect to all major carriers seamlessly, allowing for an integral managed solution which services both voice and data networks. Ultimately, they give sub-networks the ability to exchange information with one another.

Who Uses Core Networks?

Telecom service providers use core networks, as do smaller organisations. Any business needs a core network, whether it’s a single connection or a more complex network.

Why Are Core Networks Important?

All of your data is transferred through a core network. If the network fails, you lose access to that data, as do your staff and customers. This downtime costs both time and money, so it’s important to have a reliable core network that keeps you online at all times.

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Common Core Network Functions and Terms

Authentication: Equipment within the core network determines whether the user requesting the service from the core network is authorised to do so within the network. This authentication feature is for security and protection purposes.

Charging: Your core network equipment can handle the collation and processing of the data generated by network nodes.

Gateways: The gateway functionality is determined by the type of network. Gateways exist in order to access other networks.

Keeping Your Business Connected

Here are the top 4 ways we keep businesses connected:

1. Internet Connectivity

Whether you need 100Mbps, gigabits, or even a single ADSL broadband connection, Internet connectivity is seemingly mandatory in today’s technological world.

2. LAN

LAN is short form for Local Area Network, a computer network that covers a small area like a home, office, or group of small buildings. They’re useful for sharing data and resources such as printers, scanners, and games with multiple people and computers.

3. WAN

WAN is Wide Area Network, a network that encompasses a LAN that connects with multiple other LANs. They are a highly secured network and cover wide areas used by larger enterprises or organisations such as airlines, railways, and the military.

4. Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is a wireless technology that connects devices with Internet capability, from phones and tablets to laptops and desktop computers. It uses a radio signal from a wireless router to connect devices in homes as well as large areas including construction sites, office spaces, and warehouses. A secure Wi-Fi connection allows you to control who connects to it and when.

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Looking to Get Connected?

No matter the type or size of core network you need, here at Blackbox UC we have it covered. To provide your business with the latest IT infrastructure and improve the performance and efficacy of your communications network, give our friendly and helpful team a call.

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