Point of presence

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A point of presence (PoP) is an artificial demarcation point or interface point between communicating entities.

In the US, this term became important during the court-ordered breakup of the Bell Telephone system. A point of presence was a location where a long-distance carrier (IXC) could terminate services and provide connections into a local telephone network (LATA).[1]

An Internet point of presence typically houses servers, routers, network switches, multiplexers, and other network interface equipment. It is typically located in a data center. ISPs typically have multiple PoPs. PoPs are often located at Internet exchange points and colocation centres.[2]

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  1. ^ Freeman, Roger (2005). Fundamentals of Telecommunications. Wiley. p. 720. ISBN 978-0471710455. 
  2. ^ Fernandes, James (2005). Academic Dictionary Of Internet. Isha Books. p. 316. ISBN 9788182052680.