Frame Relay Service

***ANNOUNCEMENT*** Frame Relay Service has been retired.


Verizon Business Frame Relay Service is a fast-packet technology that sends data over the public switched network in variable-length blocks, called frames. Speeds range from 56 Kbps to 45 Mbps, and is primarily used to send data between geographically dispersed sites. Frame Relay Service transmits data over the public network, which offers organizations a number of competitive advantages—including an easy migration to Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM).

FRS provides the network connections, circuits, interoperability, and required CPE to engineer and support Frame Relay. Verizon Business' FRS will be delivered with NID-NID (Network Interface Device) availability. The service will be delivered over Permanent Virtual Circuits (PVC) between WITS 3 locations.



  • Bursty Traffic. Support for “bursty” Local Area Network (LAN) interconnection and connectivity to both small and large locations.
  • Multi-Protocol. Multi-protocol support to transport Ethernet, token ring, transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP, systems network architecture (SNA), and internetwork packet exchange (IPX).
  • Speed of Service Delivery. Use of a common infrastructure offers process efficiencies that help improve installation times.
  • Common Network. Allows federal agencies to share data across a common network.
  • Eliminates Disparate Infrastructures. Agencies are no longer burdened by disparate infrastructures that perpetuate operational inefficiencies and slow responses.
  • Collaboration. Provides support for e-government collaboration initiatives that cross agency boundaries.
  • Flexibility. Systems can be added or expanded in advance of traffic need in a manner that is transparent to customers.



  • Scalability. FRS provides a migration route to Private IP and IP VPN as government agencies’ needs evolve.
  • Bandwidth-on-Demand. A wide range of access speeds from 56 Kbps to 45 Mbps allows for flexibility and availability of bandwidth for data-intensive applications.
  • Efficiency. Requires less expenditure on physical lines because Frame Relay allows meshing.
  • Reliability. Frame Relay is delivered on a fully meshed backbone with redundant paths, offering resiliency and reducing the risk of a single point of failure. The Verizon FRS network backbone architecture employs high-speed, digital switching, and fiber-optic transmission. Verizon’s FRS switches a