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Metropolitan area networkMetropolitan area networks or MANs are large computer networks usually spanning a campus or a city. Common technologies used for this purpose are Asynchronous Transfer Mode, Fiber distributed data interface and Switched multimegabit data service and more recently gigabit ethernet.
For instance a university or college may have a MAN that joins together many of their local area networks situated around a several hectare site. Then from their MAN they could have several wide area network links to other universities or the Internet.
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