A wide area network, or WAN, is a network that spans a large geographical area. The following are illustrative examples.
Mobile BroadbandA 4G network that services populated areas across a region or country.
A telecom company provides home internet services to consumers in hundreds of cities by connecting their homes with fiber.A bank operates a private network that connects 44 offices and facilities such as data centers across a nation. The network is implemented with a series of dedicated leased lines that are provided by multiple telecom companies.
Business ServicesA large telecom company owns networks in 25 countries. They provide dozens of services including international private leased circuits that allow customers to connect facilities across multiple countries with dedicated lines.The internet itself is a wide area network.
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