Virtual Concatenation (VCAT)
Process enabling transport pipes to be "right-sized" for various data payloads by allowing SONET/SDH channels to be multiplexed in arbitrary arrangements. VCAT breaks down data packets and maps them into the base units of TDM frames. This data is then grouped in multiple data flows of varying size to create larger, aggregate payloads optimally sized to match available SONET/SDH pipe capacity. VCAT is applied at the end-points of the connections, which permits each channel used to be independently transmitted through a legacy transport network.