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ALSO CALLED: Digital Signal Level 1, DS0, Digital Signal Level Hierarchy, DS1, Digital Signal Level 4, DS3, DS2, DS4, DS Level Hierarchy, Digital Signal Level 3, Digital Signal Level 2, Digital Signal Level 0
DEFINITION: To see the relationship between T-carrier, E-carrier, and DS0 multiples, see digital signal X. The T-carrier system, introduced by the Bell System in the U.S. in the 1960s, was the first successful system that supported digitized voice transmission. The original transmission rate (1.544 Mbps) in the T1 line is in common use today in Internet service provider (ISP) connections to the Internet. Another  … 
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T-CARRIER SYSTEMS DEFINITION (continued): …  level, the T3 line, providing 44.736 Mbps, is also commonly used by Internet service providers. The T-carrier system is entirely digital, using pulse code modulation (PCM) and time-division multiplexing (TDM). The system uses four wires and provides duplex capability (two wires for receiving and two for sending at the same time). The T1 digital stream consists of 24 64-Kbps channels that are multiplexed. (The standardized 64 Kbps channel is based on the bandwidth required for a voice conversation.) The four wires were originally a pair of twisted pair copper wires, but can now also include … 
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