What Does Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) Mean?
Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) is a set of communication standards for digital telephone connection and the transmission of voice and data over a digital line. These digital lines are commonly telephone lines and exchanges established by the government. Before ISDN, it was not possible for ordinary telephone lines to provide fast transportation over a single line.
ISDN was designed to run on digital telephone systems that were already in place. As such, it meets telecom's digital voice network specifications. However, it took so long for ISDN to be standardized that it was never fully deployed in the telecommunications networks it was intended for.