Bypass (telecommunications)

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In telecommunications, the term bypass has these meanings:

  1. The use of any telecommunications facilities or services that circumvents those of the local exchange common carrier.
    Note: Bypass facilities or services may be either customer-provided or vendor-supplied.
  2. An alternate circuit that is routed around equipment or a system component.
    Note: Bypasses are often used to let system operation continue when the bypassed equipment or a system component is inoperable or unavailable.

Source: Federal Standard 1037C and MIL-STD-188