Internet Transit

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What Does Internet Transit Mean?

Internet transit facilitates Internet traffic transmission by connecting small networks and Internet service providers (ISP) with larger networks for reliable customer routing. Internet transit enhances numerous networking functions, including download speed and browsing speed.


Internet transit is also considered a methodology used to provide data transfer between computers in different networks.

Techopedia Explains Internet Transit

Everyone with an Internet connection uses Internet transit. For example, an ISP has an independent infrastructure, but to provide one-click access to its customers, the ISP must connect with a limited number of local area networks (LAN) or wide area networks (WAN). Such technologies are interlinked by Internet transit services.

The Internet transit process involves the following steps:

  • Customer routes are advertised to different ISPs.
  • ISP traffic is transmitted to customer networks.
  • Other ISP routers are advertised to customers.

Internet transit pricing is based on usage and ISP subscription packages. Usage is measured by Mbps on a monthly basis. A customer specifies a fixed bandwidth range, and a subscription package with specific terms and conditions is provided to the customer.


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