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Glossary:Circuit Switching

A switching system in which a dedicated physical circuit path must exist between the sender and receiver for the duration of the call. Used heavily in the telephone-company network, circuit switching often is contrasted with contention and token passing as a channel-access method, and with message switching and packet switching as a switching technique.
A basic switching process whereby a circuit between two users is opened on demand and maintained for their exclusive use for the duration of the transmission.


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