The analog dial-tone-type telephone networks and services in place worldwide, with transmission rates up to 52Kbps. In contrast, telephone services based on digital communications lines, such as ISDN, have higher speeds and bandwidths. The POTS networks also called the public switched telephone network.
Plain Old Telephone service refers to a single analog line telephone network. This system has transmission rates up to 52 kbps. POTS networks are also called public switched telephone networks (PSTNs).
An acronym identifying the traditional function of a telephone network to allow voice communication between two people across a distance. In most contexts, POTS is synonymous with the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).
Plain old telephone service, or POTS, is the standard telephone service that remains the basic form of residential and small business telephone service nearly everywhere in the world, and was the only basic telephone service known to most people until the introduction of mobile phones. It has been available almost since the introduction of the telephone system in the late 19th century, in a form mostly unchanged to the normal user despite the introduction of electronic telephone exchanges into the public switched telephone network since the middle of the 20th century.