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network access point (NAP)

The Network Access Point (NAP) is the network access point at which an Internet Service Provider

(ISP) is connected to the Internet backbone of an international carrier. At the NAP access point, the ISP provider's data packets

are fed into the carrier network. Various service providers but also large customers can connect to the network access point. The term Network Access Point originates from the United States and denotes the opening of the Internet backbone for Internet service providers.

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Englisch: network access point - NAP
Updated at: 12.10.2011
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