Definition

plain old telephone service (POTS)

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Unified communications technology basics

POTS is a term sometimes used in discussion of new telephone technologies in which the question of whether and how existing voice transmission for ordinary phone communication can be accommodated. For example, Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line and Integrated Services Digital Network connections provide some part of their channels for "plain old telephone service" while providing most of their bandwidth for digital data transmission.

This was last updated in November 2010

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