Point to point

Indirect xchange VAN services

Technical definitions

OFTP commands


ENX, the network


Other ressources

Web sites


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Point to Point Communication

Point-to-point communication is the direct communication between trading partners using either

  • a direct leased line,
  • dial-up access via Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN),
  • the international Packet Switched Public Data Networks (PDN/PSS/X.25 services),
  • the Integrated Services Data Network (ISDN),
  • or the European automobile extranet ENX (European Network eXchange).
  • Internet (using protocol version 2)

The direct leased line is suitable for dedicated trading partner application only. The line is available 24 hours a day, but by nature is quite costly.

The dial-up Public Switched Telephone Network can be accessed by using a modem.

The modern transmissions are based on the advanced networks of
transmission susch as:

  • X.25 provides a common international standard for the lowest three layers of the OSI model. However the annual fee in some countries is quite substantial and additional charges are made based on the destination of data and the volume of data sent.
  • An alternative for smaller trading partners is to access the X.25 network via a PAD (Package Assembler and Disassembler) using an analogue public telephone line and a modem. The disadvantage in this method is that, unlike a direct X.25 link where remote systems are permanently available, the user will only be able to send and receive calls whilst dialled to the network. The dial-up partner cannot receive incoming calls and is therefore unsuitable for the application of JIT techniques.
  • the European automobile extranet ENX (European Network eXchange) and its counterpart américan ANX, to know some more...
  • Internet can naturally be used with any TCP/IP version of OFTP protocol, however version 2 of OFTP, by the use of SSL / TLS, by strong authentication and by encryption of transmitted files , allows secured access.




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Update : 2011-02-15 .