A CDE Definition
(1) See Tier 1 network.
(2) The top level. A Tier 1 city is one of the major metropolitan areas in a country. A Tier 1 vendor is one of the largest and most well-known in its field. However, the term can sometimes refer to the bottom level or first floor. For example, the U.S. government labeled Tier 1 Y2K compliance as the bottom level.
Tier 1 network
A top-level network on the Internet. There are about a dozen Tier 1 networks, most of which are in the U.S., including AT&T, Global Crossing, Level 3, Qwest, Sprint and Verizon (originally UUNET). Known as "settlement-free peering," Tier 1 networks are private networks that allow traffic from other Tier 1 networks to transit their backbones without a fee. See peering and IXP.
Tier 2 and Tier 3 Networks
Tier 2 networks peer with some networks without fees but pay to reach a large portion of the Internet. Tier 3 networks always pay fees to obtain access to the larger backbones.
ARPAnet to NSFnet to Tier 1
ARPAnet was the original Internet backbone, which was superseded by the National Science Foundation Network (NSFnet) in the late 1980s. NSFnet was replaced by Tier 1 networks in the mid-1990s when the Internet became a commercial venture. See ARPAnet, NSFnet and Internet.
Before/After Your Search Term
|TIB/Rendezvous||Tier 1 application|
|TIBCO Rendezvous||Tier 1 database|
|TIC||Tier 1 ISP|
|tick||Tier 1 network|
|ticket||Tier 2 network|
|tickle||Tier 3 network|
|tickle packet||tiered storage|
|Tier 0 storage||TIF file|
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