Currently this article claims that "All telecommunication networks are made up of five basic components that are present in each network environment regardless of type or use. These basic components include terminals, telecommunications processors, telecommunications channels, computers, and telecommunications control software."
Or are each of those things technically not a "telecommunication network"? --184.108.40.206 (talk) 14:05, 22 May 2009 (UTC)
I was among the thousands of people building the PSTN without including computers among the basic components, but that was in the stone age. The quoted passage is in present tense, which perhaps inadequately indicates that it's about modern systems. Jim.henderson (talk) 16:01, 22 May 2009 (UTC)
I've made a number of edits since the 15 march (each documented in the history) with the purpose of making it more concise and making a more definitive demarcation between the generic properties and purposes of telecommunications networks in general and the particulars of the TCP/IP. So I created a section called Example: to put in the particular language and definitions associated with WANs/LANs etc. I think with this structure it should be easier to build out the generic sections which I do think need a bit more work. So I've removed the cleanup tag because I think the article reads better now than before, but if someone disagrees you can put it back in. ChrisUK (talk) 15:50, 28 March 2010 (UTC)