trunking

In telecommunications, trunking is a method for a system to provide network access to many clients by sharing a set of lines or frequencies instead of providing them individually. This is analogous to the structure of a tree with one trunk and many branches. Examples of this include telephone systems and the two-way radios commonly used by police agencies. More recently port trunking has been applied in computer networking as well.
A trunk is a single transmission channel between two points, each point being either the switching center or the node.

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