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A broadband ISDN switching network model is presented, switching the channel types H2, H3, and H4 envisaged by the CCITT. The synchronous time division multiplex technique is applied. The switching network operates at the basic bit rate of the H2-channel; H3and H4-connections are established via multichannel connections of up to four basic channels. H2-connections which are part of one H3- or H4-connection always have to use common interconnection links. This is a favorable solution to keep digit sequence integrity for multichannel connections, but influences blocking characteristics of the switching network. The implementation of an optimal path selection method plays a fundamental role. In such a multichannel switching network, blocking probabilities for H2-, H3-, and H4-connections must be distinguished. They do not only depend on the total offered load, but also on the proportions of H2-, H3-, and H4-connections (traffic mix). The simulation results presented in this paper prove that multirate switching via multichannel connections is feasible for the broadband channel types H2, H3, and H4, and that the proposed switching network has a sufficiently high traffic capacity whatever the traffic mix may be.
Date of Publication: Oct 1987