Serving area interface
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The Serving Area Interface or Service Area Interface (SAI) is an outdoor enclosure or metal box that allows access to telecommunications wiring.
- Access Point (AP)
- Cabinet (Cab)
- Cross box
- Cross-connect box
- Jumper Wire Interface (JWI)
- Outside Plant Interface (OPI)
- Pedestal (Ped)
- Primary Connection Point (PCP) (UK)
- Secondary Connection Point (SCP) (UK)
- Telecom Cabinet
The SAI provides the termination of individual twisted pairs of a telephony local loop for onward connection back to the nearest telephone exchange (US: "central office" (CO)) or remote switch, or first to transmission equipment such as a Subscriber Loop Carrier multiplexer and then to the exchange Main Distribution Frame (MDF).
In the United Kingdom, the components from the PCP onwards to the customer are known as "D-side" (Distribution Side), and from the PCP back to the MDF as the "E-side" (Exchange Side). In the United States, the connection back to the MDF is known as the F2 (Secondary Distribution Cable) and/or the F1 (Main Feeder Cable) pairs.
SAIs are used in suburban and low-density urban areas, serving some of the same purposes that manholes do in high-density urban areas. Besides a cross connect point, they sometimes contain a DSLAM or more rarely a remote concentrator or both.
- "Multimedia Telecommunications" (BT Telecommunications Series), B. Whyte (Ed.), Springer 1997
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